By Ben Swann
An update on the 5 state plurality issue and the Ron Paul campaign. I have been in contact with a number of people and here is what I know so far:
1. Paul has a majority of delegates in at least 7 states. Colorado (but many are uncommitted), Nevada (which unless a judge intervenes will probably be considered bound), Massachusetts (where the GOP de-credentialed delegates), Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Louisana (which has a combination of bound and unbound delegates, unbound are Congressional District delegates the vast majority of which are Paul’s)
2. If you look at Rule 40 in the RNC rules, it requires a plurality of at least 5 states in order to have a name entered into nomination.
3. Apparently “bound” states like Nevada cannot enter Paul’s name into nomination because they are “bound” to Romney. Again, this issue is VERY QUESTIONABLE since the RNC does not consider any delegates bound… and this isn’t even in a round of voting. Plus, the RNC rule 40 makes NO distiction between bound and unbound.. simply says a candidate needs a plurality of delegates from at least 5 states.
4. Winning Nebraska’s unbound delegates would give a 5th unbound state to Paul’s column.
5. Federal lawsuit to declare all delegates unbound is still pending
6. Delegates at the RNC could argue that their “binding” is ONLY to vote for a candidate in the first round and has no weight on whether they place a name in nomination.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly.. the rules of the 2012 Republican National Convention won’t be decided until the RNC, therefore it will be up to liberty delegates to wage their strategy and influence the convention as best they can.
- Austin Petersen on RT: Ron Paul Already Has 5 States; Can Be Nominated at RNC (dailypaul.com)
- Ben Swann: Update on the plurality of States dispute, and clarification. (dailypaul.com)
- Ben Swann Update on Affidavit: Do NOT sign! (dailypaul.com)
- Ron Paul’s Alamo: Last Stand Could Put Candidate on Ballot (newsy.com)
- Ron Paul’s last stand (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Explainer: What the Ron Paul Campaign Needs to Stay Alive (wnyc.org)
- RNC Legal Counsel: Delegates are unbound, Ron Paul poised to win the nomination (runronpaul.com)
- #LebCo #RPF #LebanonPa ATTENTION #Massachusetts RNC Delegates Ben Swann’s Facebook page says .. (melissakirst.wordpress.com)
- RNC Legal Counsel: All delegates are unbound (examiner.com)
- Paul’s Planned Putsch (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)