Republican National Committeeman: State Presidential Caucuses And Primaries Are Meaningless


Over the weekend there was a political brawl at the North Dakota GOP’s state convention over national delegates. Despite North Dakota Republicans voting for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul over Mitt Romney, a majority of the slate of national delegates presented at the convention were publicly-acknowledged Romney supporters.

Needless to say, this didn’t sit well with rank-and-file members of the party, and chaos ensued with the former chairman of the party calling the process a “railroad job.”

Today one of North Dakota’s members of the Republican National Committee, Curly Haugland, went on the Chris Berg show to talk more about the national delegate selection process. According to Haugland all of the primaries and caucuses held by the states, the ones the media claims are apportioning delegates to this or that candidate, are meaningless.

According to RNC party rules, none of the delegates sent to the national convention to pick the GOP’s presidential candidate can be bound. They show up at the national convention “free to vote their will.”

And here you thought rank-and-file party members were actually having a say in selecting the president. You don’t, really. It’s all just political theater orchestrated to drive enthusiasm, and to collect data on citizens for the party to use for fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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