Romney will not have the nomination, even with 1,144 delegates, not even closeSubmitted by meowmixeater on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 00:31
Suppose for a second Romney secures more than 1,144 delegates before the national convention. Does that make him the official nominee? No it does not.
He only becomes the nominee after the first vote at the convention. He needs 1,144 delegate VOTES at the convention to become the nominee.
What everyone is afraid of is that they think if he secures 1,144 delegates its all over when its really not even close. They think that once you have a bound Romney delegate you are forced to vote for Romney. You dont.
If a good chunk of Romney delegates are really stealth Paul supporters they can all abstain on the first vote thus keeping Mittens from acheiving the nomination altogether and creating round two - aka brokered convention.
Once we have that its an easy victory.
Right now our main focus should be to make sure all stealth paul supporters who are Romney delegates know that they need to abstain for the first round.
We can still very much win this. We just need a small chunk of them to abstain and we have a brokered convention. Romney will need way more than 1,144 delegates to win.