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Delegates for Santorum in TN - Where Are They?

This morning, in West Tennessee, I voted for Ron Paul and all of his delegates. Outside my polling location there were Santorum and Paul signs. A lot of people planning to vote for Santorum around here since he visited Memphis this past weekend.

When I saw the ballot there were delegates for Romney, Gingrich, and Paul. NONE for Santorum!

I can't tell you how frustrating and eye-opening it will be for the people of TN (and for Santorum!) when they discover they have no way to vote for his delegates.

Because of this factor, I see Paul getting a significant amount of delegates in TN. Santorum can get some delegates from the popular vote, but just a fraction.

Polls seem a bit quiet today, as well, so that may also work in our favor.




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He had no delegate slate in TN.

Therefore he has no real delegates that truly support him.
He has delegates that actually were elected as delegates for somebody else.
As soon as they get unbound at the convention, they will vote for somebody else who they actually want.

What happens to Santorum

What happens to Santorum delegates to State convention and national convention now that he has dropped out?

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

I would like to know this too.

I am a delegate in MO and I was "pledged" to vote for Santorum in the Congressional District Caucus and State Convention. Am I still bound by that pledge?

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people a

Why would you remain

Why would you remain committed to a candidate who no longer exists?

I agree but

I really don't know the rules on something like this. Are you saying that you know that the answer is that I am free to vote my conscience (RP!) now?

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people a

As long as Rick's campaign is "suspended"

that means he hasn't officially dropped-out.
However, if he does drop out, then you are officially unbound, and can vote for RP.
Check your state rules, but I believe that even if he doesn't drop out, you can abstain from voting in the first round, or be out at the bathroom or something, so you don't have to vote for him in the first round.
Then you can vote for RP after that.
If he drops out, even if he says he wants you to vote for Mitt, you can vote for RP. You don't have to vote for who he says, if he officially drops out.
He can't "trade" your vote to someone else, and require it. All he can do is "suggest" that you do it, an he might even make it sound like you have to, but you don't.

YEAH! You're free to vote RP

YEAH! You're free to vote RP

TN Listing of delagates

Not a Santorum to be found:
Lots of Rick Perry people, however.
http://tnsos.org/elections/2012Delegates.php?showall

You made Rachel Madow's show Thursday!

A Daily Paul screenshot at 1:42 - here's the link:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_madd...

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. – Daniel Webster

Here's the real deal:

In states like Tennessee, where the delegates are directly elected on the ballot, Santorum can still receive delegates even though he has no "committed", not bound, delegates. He will receive his proportion of the delegates, but only for two rounds in TN. In the third Round at Tampa, the delegates will be released from Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich to vote for whomever they please, which will most likely be the candidate they were listed as committed to on the ballot. The delegates were elected separately from the candidates. Ron Paul received no bound delegates in TN. However, none of his committed delegates were elected either. Almost every commitment went to Gingrich - a spoiler from the Santorum voters not having commitments to vote for.

good analysis

That clears it up. Thanks!

People are dumb...

As I have been saying for the last couple of weeks or so, when the reports came out about Shamtorum missing out on delegates in Ohio and not even being on the ballot in VA...

You'd THINK that would send a strong message about the candidate... the message that he can't even run a good campaign, making sure ALL bases are covered... what makes these Shamtorum-lovers think he can run the country? Makes absolutely NO sense to me at all.

Ron Paul for the win!

On another note, I had a convert from Romney to Paul in MI.. after the primary, I know, but I can't force them to watch and/or listen.

Like your article says...

If Santorum gets the votes he will get the delegates.
Where there's a will there's a way.
Santorum supporters are brain dead and lazy. But the GOP leaders love Santorum. They will bend the rules to give the delegates to any one but Ron Paul.

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The Virtual Conspiracy

I voted in East Tennessee today,

and no Santorum delegates were on my ballot either.