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New Language of the rules for Texas Delegates at the Tampa Convention.

Here is the new language, adopted a few weeks ago. The old rule would keep our delegates bound to our primary winner until the 4th ballot. NO MORE!!! Thanks go out to the Santorum supporters who were with us on this. Our man in place to push it was Don Zimmerman, or so I am told.

Length of Commitment: A person who is elected as a delegate or alternate to the National Convention and who is assigned to a Presidential candidate to represent that particular Presidential candidate at the National Convention and who does not resign from the position is pledged to support that Presidential candidate at the National Convention until the candidate is nominated or until the delegate or alternate is released from the pledges as follows:
1. First (1st) nomination convention ballot: delegate or alternate shall be released from the pledge only in the event of death, withdrawal, or by decision of the candidate. For the first ballot taken at the National Convention to determine the nominee of the Republican Party for the office of President of the United States, the totals of the votes of the members of the Texas delegation shall be announced as they would have been if the individual delegates had been awarded to or designated for the respective candidates for such office on the Texas General Primary ballot in accordance with the statewide result of the voting for such candidates. No poll of the members of the delegation, except as provided below, shall be taken for the announcement of the vote. Uncommitted delegates, including the delegates who are members of the Republican National Committee, shall be polled by the chairman of the delegation prior to the announcement of the vote and the vote announced shall include the votes of those delegates.
2. Second (2nd) and subsequent nominating convention ballots: delegates and alternates are released from any pledge and may vote as they choose on all questions and candidates presented at the National Convention. .

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change subject it should say For Texas Delegates

as this is not for the Tampa convention , misleading and confusing to some.

I can see it might be a little bit confusing

as it does concern Texas delegates but it is in reference to Tampa. I gave it its own thread after correcting my own comment in a thread that gave details about individual states and their rules for votes on multiple ballots. Once I found out that the RPT changed our rules concerning the conditions under which our people can vote for someone other than the primary winner(s), I posted the new language.

Important to all upcoming delegate conventions

You can vote to have the rules changed at your delegate convention. If there is a majority of Paul supporters, it can be done!

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From what I can tell

there will easily be enough Paul delegates at the Texas GOP convention to change the delegates to unbound, or have enough National Delegates to nominate the delegation chair to abstain the delegation.

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When was a convention held to change the rules?

What Body of the GOP voted to changed the rules? Can they Change national rule without representatives from the States? Or did some of the corrupt GOP leadership deside to make a change of rules on their own?

Someone correct me if I'm wrong,

but I believe it was the RPT's own rules committee. I can't see how it could have been anyone else. We are not the only ones who wanted a brokered convention. Santorum's folks were staring to get wise. Our educational efforts paid off in this case.


Very exciting! Great work!

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So the 1st round "vote" is not a vote at all, then.

At least, among the bounded. It's simply a head count of those guys, right?

According to this posting


conventional party rules on abstaining are vaguely absent while Robert's Rules of Order apparently permits an abstention vote (though "highly frowned upon").

These points altogether may subsequently corroborate and if so, it is encouraging news!

It can't be done in Texas

The delegation cannot even be polled prior to the first vote. Governor Perry will stand and deliver our vote, according to the primary vote. And btw, I'm still not sure it's settled whether it will be winner-take-all or proportional.
Then, on the second vote, the delegate are freed to vote as they wish. We will have three delegates from each Congressional District and that's a lot of votes. I would love the irony of seeing Rick Perry deliver Texas votes for Ron Paul. I think my head would explode.

I think the GOP establishment

I think the Texas GOP establishment would have an extremely difficult time going back to winner-take-all, considering the election has started. Mail-in ballot applications already in progress.


That's what it sounds like. I wonder if that's allowed under the RNC convention rules or if it's null. Anyone know for sure?

The National Convention

has always allowed delegates to abstain

Which state is this?


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