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The GOP Primaries: Could someone explain them to me

OK, I want to do all I can to get RP the GOP nom, however I'm totally confused on how it works. I know I have to register as a Republican, not a problem, but then what? Do I get to vote in somehow on his behalf, I have heard something along the lines that some sort of Representative is who vote's on the primary and as a registered Rep all I can do is urge him or her to vote my way??? Can someone clear this up for me so I can do the right thing to help Ron get the nomination. Thanks.

Also, I won't be at my computer for several hours so if you reply please don't feel slighted if I don't give thanks right away, I will as soon as I can.

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You have to know your State.

In PA. we vote as an individual on the Party ticket, for the Candidate of choice. Then, whoever wins by unanimous vote in my district, must be voted for by the Deligate from my district. Each Party has it's own voter registration so that you cannot cross to the other Party in the Primary election.
You can cross in the main election .

This year it is important to register as a Republican to be able to vote for the Republican Party Primary Election candidate of your choice. Ron Paul will be one of those candidates in the Primary. You may only vote for one.

Primaries are always the MOST important election because there is where you seperate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. GET registered Republican to be safe.

Search "Become a delegate" and "GOP Convention"



Also read old posts here about the shenanigans at GOP Conventions.

Note that the delegates write the bylaws. In California, the courts have upheld our right of association, and so the Libertarian Party ignores completely the results of the publicly funded popularity poll (primary) held by the state, and simply has delegates vote. We often don't have an opinion in advance and wait to see which candidate for the nomination impresses us most when we see them at our national convention (interestingly, California sends delegates often without knowing who they favor, trusting them to choose correctly).

Most of the other parties "bind" the delegates to the primary results, which means they're subject to people switching parties to influence the opposition.

Since the Democrat candidate appears to be a foregone conclusion, we should outreach to Democrats to nominate Ron Paul by switching, either because they think he's a loser, but more likely, because they'd like to see him debate Obama on the wars.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

You can remain silent

on who you support if you know for certain you're in the minority at your convention. Otherwise try to organize other Paul supporters in your district and go together as a group. My old district allowed for 25 delegates to the county convention but only about 10 showed up so everyone was automatically down as a delegate. The trick is to get the most RP supporters to just vote and show up to the convention in your district. In TX you are also allowed to nominate delegates who voted in the primary but did not come to the convention. Use this tactic if it's an option for you. A dirty trick to watch for is the ability of the district chair to reset where the convention takes place at the last minute. It could be at someone's house but they have to post the location at the polling place or the original location. It could be over before you ever find it. Stay with the election Judge to make sure rules are being followed. Good luck.

Ahh, see that's the big

Ahh, see that's the big question I was wondering about, you guys mentioned delegates (I said Representative, sorry my mistake), so what is the delegate then? Is he/she an elected politician, is there a way to find out who my delegate is and if I understand you correctly then it is ultimately the delegate who votes in the primary not me? Thank you again to all who have replied, I have been the typical apathetic citizen up until 3months ago when I luckily heard RP speak by chance, so I'm trying hard now to play catch-up on all this.

RP: "My first name is Ron and my last name is Paul"

SP: "Wow, you have two first names. Nobody is going to elect 'Ricky Bobby' for President."

RP: "Do you care about anything important?"

SP:"One time I killed a moose and took a picture with it."


It is all about showing up, trying to be a delegate unless you already have a RP delegate you plan on supporting.

The process is different for each state.

Some states you have to register as a Dem./Rep. to vote in that parties primary, some are open. You can try to get involved in your precinct, or county organization. You can check with the Campaign for Liberty to see if they can connect you with your local Ron Paul Campaign organization. Good luck. Google what you need to do in your state to be eligible to vote in the Republican primary and to vote for your choice of candidate.

Remember, just because someone is not an official candidate does not mean you can't write in their name. That is what I do, and I always feel good about voting for the best qualified candidate each Presidential election, Ron Paul.

Thanks alot for the info, yes

Thanks alot for the info, yes I will write him in no matter what. I have looked at MI.gov website and found some info but did a search for Republican Primaries and found nothing relevant, I e-mailed them as they didn't list a phone number, still waiting to hear back. Thanks again.

RP: "My first name is Ron and my last name is Paul"

SP: "Wow, you have two first names. Nobody is going to elect 'Ricky Bobby' for President."

RP: "Do you care about anything important?"

SP:"One time I killed a moose and took a picture with it."


Reaching out to your local GOP is important and attending functions is a good way to familiarize yourself with the party and to help influence people to support DR. Paul. Check to see if there is a Ron Paul Meetup group near your area as they are a good tool to organize for the primaries and caucuses.