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How do Romney and Santorum already have some delegates?

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Try this and read the fine print all the way.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/IA-R

The goal was always to stick around after the vote and be elected delegates to the County Conventions. (which then select delegates to Congressional and State Conventions, which in turn select and decide if at all to pledge RNC delegates)

Early reports are that Ron Paul mopped up in that department.

This means, it is quite possible, Ron Paul will control ALL if not most of Iowa's actual delegates to the RNC. (which aren't chosen till June)

Will know: County

Will know:

County Conventions: Saturday 10 March 2012
District Statutory Caucus: Saturday 21 April 2012
State Convention: Saturday 16 June 2012

Long way to go until we know for sure who gets the most delegates... Hope lots of RP supporters got in today to go to the convention in March 10

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While I haven't completly analyzed it and

understand it. Those links were very helpful, thank you. If one thing I took from it. The number of votes and the number of delegates are not completely tied together, therefore RP has a good chance of still really winning Iowa. Most people go and vote than leave. Those who stay get to try to volunteer to be delegates. So what we can hope for is that the RP supporters stayed there like they should have and raised their hands to become delegates and the Romney and Santorum supporters left right after they voted. I think.

RNC

RNC delegates for each state. Below poster is correct. They can pledge at any time, although not sure if it is binding. ( I hope they can change their minds. What terrible choices! I'd be embarrassed to tell anyone I did that!)

voluntarily agorist

Super Delegates

Super Delegates already pledged I'm guessing...

Because each state has some

Because each state has some party establishment delegates that are not chosen by the people. Iowa has 27 delegates chosen by the people and 3 delegates that are party awarded and usually go to party hacks, and if they come out and say they are supporting candidate "X" then they go in his column.

Debbie's picture

Thank you for the explanation, Deet.

Very helpful.

Debbie

Huh. Good question.

I'm assuming it's just showing how many delegates they are eligible to win based on the races they've qualified for (ahh..."The column labeled "Total" shows CNN's current delegate ESTIMATE for each candidate"), not how many they've actually been awarded. Maybe not, though...

Experts?

Bumpitty bump bump.