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Video : GOP Insiders Suggest Ron Paul Cannot Legally Be Part Of Ballot

Video : GOP Insiders Suggest Ron Paul Cannot Legally Be Part Of Ballot

Rule does not mean Paul cannot be part of the convention, or win in a brokered situation

GOP insiders are beginning to float the idea that Congressman Ron Paul cannot legally be on the first ballot at the national convention in Tampa this August because he will not have enough delegates from enough states.

USA Today carries a report that suggests both Paul and Newt Gingrich will not be able to get on the first ballot because they may not have a plurality of delegates from at least five states by the time the convention comes around.

Appearing on MSNBC News, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, cited Rule No. 40, Section B in the Republican National Committee rulebook, which states:

Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of the candidate for nomination.

“So when these candidates are adding up their delegates or when people out there have a particular issue that they would like to move at the convention, they had better make sure they at least have a plurality of five states to make these things happen,” Priebus said on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown.


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Paul will very likely have the plurality of delegates in at least 5 states (in rough order of probability: Maine, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, Washington, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Colorado). It's true that Gingrich won't.