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Florida primary delegate drama. Winner-take-all? Or proportional delegates?

The Republican Party of Florida thought this was all worked out: When the state made its primary early, it was penalized with a loss of half of its 100 delegates, the people who technically nominate the party's nominee at the national convention.

And that was all.

So RPOF decided Florida would be a winner-take-all state. The winner would get the 50 delegates. They wouldn't be proportioned by the state's 25 Congressional districts.

"It's winner take all," said RPOF spokesman Brian Hughes. "We have a letter from the Republican National Committee's general counsel affirming that."

But some say that's not the case. Backers of Rick Santorum want a proportional delegation system, which would allow candidates to win delegates if they won a congressional district. Some Mitt Romney supporters are now quietly raising the same issue -- even though they were supportive of winner-take-all when Romney looked as if he'd win the state Jan. 31.

At least one Republican has announced he plans to file a challenge to the state's delegate system with the Republican National Committee. The challenge could be heard in May. By that time, there's a chance the nomination will be effectively wrapped up, so it won't make a difference. But the race is volatile. So this could become a bigger issue.

And it's not just candidate backers who say that's the case. Michael Steele, former RNC chairman, said the state should lose half its delegates AND award them proportionately.

"I know," Steele said. "I was there. I helped write the rules."

Said RPOF spokesman Hughes: "He's not the chairman now."

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whasup

So the Republican party establishment is willing to change the rules after the Florida game is over in order to thwart the will of Republican primary voters? They must be getting very desperate to aid their boy Mitt.

roobah

Actually, it's 100 delegates MINUS 3 automatic delegates (Punitive pentalty to the party chairman, national committeeman, & national committeewoman) THEN divide by two and throw out the 1/2 person if there is one... that leaves 48 delegates... divided proportionally according to the RNC rules. (Think I'm wrong? Look at how that was divvied up in Iowa... JUST like that.... no matter what the idiot news-pundits say.

Hope someone really puts the screws to the cheaters!

Good luck!

Barbara Squires

It really dosen't surprise me what Florida Gop has done they had problems with doing the right thing when voting, counting votes starting with the problems with the chads , haning or other wise. For one thing I really do not like the distortion of truth that comes forth from Rommneys mouth if he has to tell half truths make up truths that are lies how well will he run the counrty . We have that now with the present president. Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do!

montenot

so.
How goes Newt's challenge to the divvying up of the delegates?
We won't hear anything until May?

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