Liberty on the rise in Oklahoma
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. - attributed to Samuel Adams
As is usual, Super Tuesday (March 6th) resulted in a victory for "establishment" candidates in Oklahoma:
Rick Santorum, 33.8% - 14 Delegates
Mitt Romney, 28.05% - 13 Delegates
Newt Gingrich, 27.48% - 13 Delegates
Ron Paul, 9.63% - 0 Delegates
Oklahoma has five Congressional Districts, with 3 National Delegates and 3 Alternate Delegates chosen in each one. An Elector and Alternate Elector are also chosen.
Additionally, there are 25 "at-large" Delegates chosen (and 25 Alternates) at the State Convention on May 12th. Delegates are "bound", meaning they must vote based on the results of the statewide election, until a candidate withdraws, endorses another, or releases "their" delegates. The top three candidates each earned one Delegate from each of the 5 Districts on Super Tuesday. It should be noted that only in casting a Ballot for a Presidential Nominee are the Delegates bound - they may vote their conscience on all other votes, including nominating candidates.
An interesting thing happened when choosing the National Delegates: our groups of volunteers continued on. Contacting those who would attend the conventions, they found others who supported the same cause and it's Champion. They made sure their friends - the Friends of Liberty - would be at the appropriate Convention. March 31st saw the convening of the 2nd (eastern OK) and 5th (OKC metro) Congressional Districts. April 14th brought on the 1st (Tulsa area) and 3rd (western and northern OK), and April 21st finished them up with the 4th (Norman and southern OK). A shocking thing happened:
Enter sweep #1 (5th District):
Sweep #2 (3rd District):
And sweep #3 (4th District):
Although Districts 1 and 2 did not have the same results, a number of Alternate Delegates supporting the same cause were elected. This means that of the 15 National Delegates chosen so far from Oklahoma, 9 of them support Dr. Paul, and an even larger number of the Alternates (13 of them!). Still to come is the State Convention, on May 12th.
And so the groups go back to work. Building their networks, planning their efforts, shoring up support, and laying the groundwork for the next battle of ideas. They begin to reach out to those caught in the middle of the great battle, between those who would use the State to advance a cause, and those who would take over the State and use it's power to ... return that power to the People!
On they come, a great wave of humanity - the Insurgency of Liberty flows across the plains ... and it is growing ...