There are those who would have you believe that Mitt Romney is overwhelming choice of Oklahoma Republicans. 72% of Oklahoma Republicans voted for “not Romney” on March 6th, also known as Super Tuesday. That is a significant number of voters who reject the former Governor of Massachusetts. As other candidates have fallen away, only one man stands against the tide: Ron Paul.
Of the 43 Delegates to the GOP National Convention, 25 will be chosen at May 12th’s GOP State Convention, to be held at the Embassy Suites in Norman. These Delegates are referred to as “at-large”, meaning they do not represent a Congressional District but the state as a whole. The State Executive Committee has gone through more than 150 potential candidates and chosen a final 25 for Delegate and 25 for Alternate, after an extensive review of their biographies and an interview (either in person or on the phone). Here is the result:
More than 60% of the “official slate” supports Mitt Romney.
Oklahoma Delegates are “bound”, meaning that they are required to vote, on all Ballots, for a particular nominee (unless you are the Chairman of the Party, the National Committeeman or the National Committeewoman, who are “unbound”). Former Senator Santorum won Oklahoma, and earned 14 Delegates. Former Governor Romney won 13 Delegates. Former Speaker Gingrich won 13 Delegates. Current Congressman Paul won no Delegates – but he has not quit the race. When Senator Santorum’s 14 Delegates and Speaker Gingrich’s 13 Delegates are released, who will win them? Will it be Romney or Paul – the only two candidates remaining?
Supporters of Ron Paul and his message of Constitutional Liberty have rallied to win all Delegates and Alternates in three of Oklahoma’s five Congressional Districts, and a number of Alternates in the other two. This is in spite of extensive violations of the rules and procedure in the 1st Congressional District. Among the other events of Saturday’s State Convention will be the addressing of this lengthy complaint, reported here. It is clear that in spite of a poor finish in the Super Tuesday Primary, Congressman Paul has extensive and dedicated support in Oklahoma.
For the record, Ron Paul opposed TARP, Cap & Trade, raising taxes (that’s a lot of “NO” for as long as he has been in Congress), is 100% pro-Life, 100% pro-Gun, 100% pro-Constitution, and I could go on – not to mention his military service and the fact that he has more donors from active military than the rest of the GOP field – all of them, including those who have dropped out – combined. He also predicted the current economic crisis a decade ago, in a very famous speech on the floor of the House of Representatives (here, from April 24th, 2002).
The other candidate is Mitt Romney. He can’t claim any of the above. At least he’s not a communist….
“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.” – Ron Paul