Louisiana NOT over by a long shot. UPDATE : They have 3 days to appealSubmitted by joeinmo on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 11:39
Folks I have been to a couple Republican National Conventions, one as a Pat Buchanan alternate and one as a guest. Just because the committee on contests voted to seat the non-elected Delegates does it mean that its over, this outcome is usually normal. In well over 90% of the cases, the contests committee sides with those that "officially" turn in the paperwork. So lets take Maine, there the Paul forces turned in the paperwork and should be the official delegation.
This decision was based on written statements. However, there will be another chance by the rules, for the Ron Paul delegation to meet in person, at the convention, to answer questions, give statements, give affidavits, and to present other evidence (like videos) to the contest committee. At that point, they could decide to seat the entire Paul Delegation, some of them or none of them.
After that the Paul delegation can still bring the issue to the entire convention for a vote, including a small amount of time to make their case and present evidence like a video.
Also if the Paul delegation prevails in the "in person" round with the committee on contests, the other delegation could bring it to the floor of the convention for a vote.
UPDATE: Another poster here on a different thread said the rules state they have 3 days to appeal the orginal decision which then moves it to an in-person review at the convention itself. I have not read those particular rules, but if so, they cannot miss that deadline. If anybody has that rules language and can confirm.