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Texas Will Have No Bound Delegates

After a review of the Texas Republican Party Rules as Amended, the National Republican Party Rules, and the applicable state law, the only conclusion that I can draw is that NONE OF THE DELEGATES TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION WILL BE BOUND TO ANY CANDIDATE!!! This means that all of 155 delegates that Texas will send to the National Convention in Tampa will be able to vote for Ron Paul ON THE FIRST BALLOT!!!

My conclusions are based on my interpretations of Rules 12, 38 Section 10 of the Republican Party of Texas Rules as Amended on February 29th, 2012, Sections 191.007 of the Texas Election Code, Rule 38 of the Republican National Party Rules.

Basically, Texas State law requires that the party develop a rule to allocate the delegates to the National Convention to the Presidential Candidates in proportion to the outcome of the Republican Primary. And Rule 38 of the Texas Republican Party Rules provides that all the delegates shall be assigned and pledged to candidates based on the same election results.

HOWEVER, both the National and State parties have banned the so-called Unit Rule, where he delegates are assigned to vote as units for a candidate. The Texas Republican Party goes further, and in Rule 12 bans the practice of giving binding instructions to the delegates at any level of the convention process. But what do these terms mean? No where are these terms defined in any rule or statute, nor are they discussed in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th ed.). Also, no rule provides for any penalty for delegates who break rank on the first ballot.

It is my contention that, based on the language used in the rules, a very strong and legitimate argument stands that nothing binds any of Texas's National convention Delegates to vote for any specific Presidential Nominee, not even on the first ballot. As I continue to research this issue, I will post my findings. RON PAUL 2012!!!!!!

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30 States

Texas isn't the only state whose delegates will NOT be bound on the first ballot...


In fact, supporters of the 12-term Congressman from Texas have continued to grasp delegate positions in states where, despite the caucus winners, delegates are unbound. There are thirty states where delegates are able to vote for whomever they chose, regardless of primary and caucus results.

"The dirty little secret is: At the end of the day, these guys and gals can vote any way they want," said a Republican who has attended national conventions for decades. "Each state has different (laws) on pledged delegates."

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

What 30 states? I can only

What 30 states? I can only think of about 10.


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This may help

They list all states and how the delegates are selected.


They also have a linked Excel spreadsheet with more details.

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yes please.

list which 30.
thank you.

Spread the RP Message in Texas! HELP!


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Nice Find! Keep up the work!

Nice Find! Keep up the work!

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If your interpretation is correct...

What a brilliant find! I'm sure the campaign is full well aware of all the ins-and-outs, and will have a strategy to work accordingly.

Still, this is definitely worth further consideration, just in case the delegates can free themselves up of any obligation.