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I need someone to explain this to me - Santorum delegates?!

I am only in my 20's and haven't followed politics closely until this election. My question is, why do the Santorum delegates bother showing up at the state conventions if he has dropped out? And why will they fly to Tampa only to vote for someone else? Why not be undeclared now or declare Romney or Paul now? I know we are making a slate of delegates so we both can cancel out Romney, I just don't get why in some cd's we are getting beat by Santorum? Like in Minnesota cd7 he got 2 we got 1....



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Rick Santorum won 11 states ,

Rick Santorum won 11 states , No.Dakota , Minnesota , Iowa , Colorado , Missouri , Oklahoma , Louisiana , Alabama , Mississippi ,Tennessee and Kansas . In some case , delegates are bound based on the percentage of the vote by a candidate . It depends on that states rules. In the states like Colorado , Nevada , Minnesota , Missouri , Iowa , Oklahoma and Kansas , these are unbound delegates and can vote for whomever they want at the convention. States with bound , or ' binding ' delegates can only vote for Santorum . If a candidate doesn't reach the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination before the Republican National Convention in August , we will go into a Brokered Convention . If Mitt Romney doesn't reach the 1.144 delegates in the first round of voting at a Brokered Convention , then some states with bound or ' binding ' delegates are then released and can then vote for whomever they choose in a second round of voting and beyond . I admit this is very confusing but that is how the ' system ' makes it difficult for a ordinary person to understand .

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so what happened if Santorum won district convention in missouri and he got all delegates and alternates. Are those delegates forced to show up even if they dont care anymore now that Santorum is out??

I could be wrong,

but I think technically, there's a difference between officially dropping out and suspending his campaign. Like I said, I'm not sure, but what I am sure of is that this raises an opportunity for us to convert them over. Hopefully these Evangelical big shots that met with Dr. Paul this week, make an announcement soon on endorsing him.

Will Ron change his platform at all?

to get the evangelical endorsement?

No

If he did, that would be a first, but he won't. He's been told by many to change his foreign policy platform as well, but he refuses to. A man of principle & integrity.

I sure hope not.

That would be pandering.

Minnesota Mary

Correct

Federal law does not have a specific definition of "suspending" a campaign and does not officially recognize the act of "suspending" a campaign. Federal law considers him to be a candidate until he officially terminates or closes his campaign account or publicly states he is no longer a candidate.

Why do they suspend campaigns? To stop spending money but keep fundraising to pay off debt. Santorum is in debt.

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More Details:

There are two main differences between "suspending" and ending a presidential campaign: delegates and money.

Delegates:
Federal law plays no role in delegate selection rules. It's up to the party to decide how to treat delegates won by a candidate who has suspended his campaign. In general, candidates who suspend their campaigns get to keep any delegates they've won, while candidates who drop out have to forfeit certain delegates, usually statewide delegates.

Money:
"Suspending" a campaign allows a candidate to publicly withdraw from a race while preserving the ability to raise funds beyond what's needed to retire debt. This may include the ability to continue to receive federal matching funds, if the candidate has previously qualified for them.

When candidates announce they are dropping out or ending their campaigns, they may then only raise money to retire any remaining campaign debts or to pay for other costs related to shutting down a campaign committee. They may not continue to amass warchests beyond that if they drop out.

However, if a candidate "suspends" his campaign but doesn't officially end his candidacy, federal law does not specifically prohibit that candidate from continuing to raise funds for purposes other than debt retirement.

Candidates who "suspend" their campaigns as well as those who officially drop out must still continue to file disclosure reports, as long as they have an active campaign committee.

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