Why Paul is still in it and clarification about how delegates are chosen...Submitted by ChiasmataX on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 04:10
Some people are confused about the unpledge/ pledge delegates.
Just take a look at this chart and you will understand more. Paul is currently in third. That chart is more accurate than any reports from the MSM.
Soft: Soft count, estimated delegate preferences prior to the convention.
Hard: Hard count, the preference as originally assigned. (Note: unpledged delegates are hard counted as "Uncommitted".)
Pl: Pledged or Bound Delegates.
Unpl: Unpledged or Not Bound Delegates
Also Paul beat Romney back in 2008:
Republican National Convention Presidential nominee vote, 2008
John McCain 2,343 98.44%
Ron Paul 21 0.88%
Mitt Romney 2 0.08%
What this means is that most of Romney's unpledge (or anybody else) delegates can go to anybody if there is a brokered convention. In order for this to happen, Gingrich, Paul, Santorum must stay in the race to prevent Romney the frontrunner status.
Paul has a great chance to do much better in Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia (1 on 1 with Romney), Texas, etc. Don't ever gave up guys, we're freedom fighters for life.