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***Official Press Release From LA Republican Party***

Here is an email I just got from the Louisiana Republican Party. They give some congratulations to the Ron Paul Supporters. We might want to send them some love for giving us credit. Hopefully we will grab some more delegates from the provisional ballots.

Villere Announces Caucus Results

Uncommitted Slate, McCain Lead in Preliminary Count

For Immediate Release: Contact: Jason Dore

January 23, 2008 225-928-2998 or jdore@lagop.com

Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger F. Villere, Jr. today announced the preliminary results of delegate elections held at GOP caucuses across the state on Tuesday evening.

More than 10,000 Republican voters met at 11 locations around Louisiana to choose delegates to the 2008 Louisiana Republican Convention, which will elect nearly all of Louisiana’s delegates to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Preliminary results show that a majority of the 105 state convention delegates who have been elected ran on a statewide pro-life uncommitted slate,” Villere said. “I congratulate the candidates and supporters of this group on their victory and look forward to working with them to keep our Party platform pro-life at the state and national conventions,” he said.

Delegate candidates endorsed by US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) appear to have won more state convention delegate positions than any other presidential slate at the Louisiana Caucuses.

“I offer my congratulations Senator John McCain on his success in the Louisiana caucuses,” Villere said. “Senator McCain is an American hero and this is further evidence that he enjoys strong support in Louisiana and throughout the South,” he said.

Supporters of Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) appear to have captured the next highest number of delegate positions.

“I applaud the supporters of Congressman Paul for their enthusiasm and superior organizational ability,” Villere said. “Our Party needs the infusion of new activists who have both political skill and a passion for protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us by the Constitution,” he said. “I left the caucus with a renewed commitment to promote our core Republican principles of limited government and individual freedom, thanks to the zeal displayed by Congressman Paul’s Louisiana supporters,” Villere said.

In addition to the uncommitted delegates and McCain and Paul supporters, Governor Mitt Romney appears to have won a handful of state convention delegates.

“Governor Romney and his team have worked hard for over a year in Louisiana to build a strong organization,” Villere said. “The Governor has been to Louisiana more than any other GOP candidate, including one trip specifically to appear at a state party fundraising dinner,” he said. “Governor Romney has shown a commitment to Louisiana that is second to none and the strong support he has here is an indication that Louisiana Republicans are excited about his candidacy,” Villere said.

Results from Louisiana’s Republican caucuses and the informal designation of a “winning slate” are preliminary for two reasons. First, about 500 individuals who attended the event were not shown to be registered Republicans on voter rolls. These individuals were allowed to cast “provisional ballots,” which are not included in the current candidate tallies on the Party’s website, www.lagop.com. State Party staffers are currently working with Registrars of Voters across the state to confirm with certainty the eligibility of each candidate. Party rules allow anyone registered as Republican as of November 30, 2007 to have voted last evening. The ballots of those who are found eligible will be added to totals and the outcomes of some races in Districts 1,2,4,5 and 6 could possibly be affected.

Second, candidates for delegate in Louisiana historically have run on one or another slate, but not on multiple slates. This year, however, many candidates ran on more than one slate. There was significant overlap, for example, between the McCain and Pro-Life slates. So determination of which slate won is not as clear-cut. But it certainly appears that the order was: Uncommitted Pro-Life, McCain, Paul, Romney, others.

Identification of candidates with the various slates is not an official Party function and such analysis is provided solely as a courtesy to members of the press and as a response to the numerous inquiries received by the Party regarding this topic.

Results of provisional ballot analysis will be updated regularly on the Party’s website until a final count is reached.

Chairman Villere wishes to thank everyone who participated in the 2008 Louisiana Caucuses.

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Jason Doré, J.D.
Communications/Political Director
Republican Party of Louisiana
11440 N. Lake Sherwood, Suite A
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
Office: 225.928.2998
Fax: 225.408.2798
jdore@lagop.com

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My Letter to lagop

I read your press release and was confused by the fact that some delegates appeared on both an uncommitted and a committed slate. How can this be? Doesn't this give that delegate twice the chance of being elected than if they were on only one slate? Would it not also increase the number of choices and therefore dilute the vote? Also if a delegate is committed to say John McCain on his slate, how can that delegate be uncommitted? This gives an appearance of impropriety. I also had no information about an uncommitted slate at all prior to the caucus. When was this slate put together? Is there any historical precedent? I am not being accusatory, simply looking for clarification. thank you in advance for your response.

Pretend this is "Survivor", because it is

The other candidates joined together to vote the strongest candidate out, but it didn't work and those candidates don't get credit for their own votes. And for the "television viewers" who witnessed that "gang up", it harms the credibility of those candidates involved.

The process is confusing, but I believe there is another step at the state level to determine the national delegates.

Hmmm. What do you think will happen to the delegate votes from the delegates from "uncommitted" or "pro-life" when they each have to vote for a a single candidate, their *own* candidate? Split the votes then as should have happened now?

If the upcoming voting does not give 51% to a single candidate (the number of choices may be fewer after Super Tuesday), the delegates are still up for grabs, aren't they?

Do I read this right?

That delagates were allowed to run under multiple slates?

Hell, why not just send in a full slate for RP, than another one to infultrate every one of the opposing canidates slates at the same time. What happens if a single person wins a seat in 2 different slates?

Numbers?

How many did McCain get? Dr. Paul?

Well...

“I left the caucus with a renewed commitment to promote our core Republican principles of limited government and individual freedom, thanks to the zeal displayed by Congressman Paul’s Louisiana supporters,” Villere said.

At least we got a GREAT comment on our movement...and maybe even a new endorsement.

provisional ballots still to be added !!

so at this stage, it's not bad

As more states vote it becomes clearer where the problem is

Ignorance! And people proud to be ignorant! We're a minority here. Most people couldn't care less about getting their own brains going. They behave like a stupid heard following a blind calf into the abyss!

/|\

"You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. -- all I am offering is the truth, nothing more."

"You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. -- all I am offering is the truth, nothing more."

We already have lawyers in

We already have lawyers in New Orleans looking into the pooling of votes. If you ask me this outright conspiracy. I voted in District 5 last night. We had a full list of 15 delegates and 15 alternates to vote for Ron Paul. This crazy state. Pro-life, pro-family tickets. What will the lousy ne-con bootlickers do next? I live here and im in the meet-up group and still have a hard time finding out the results. Have they already used this tactic (Wyoming?) or plan to do it again?

Peace.

Thanks. Keep us posted.

There's something fishy going on, Ah guaaaronnnteeh!

This sounds good to me

Quote:

"Supporters of Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) appear to have captured the next highest number of delegate positions."

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

RON PAUL WAS ROBBED, to put it politely

http://mrebman.info-blogs.com/?p=15655

Read this.....
This SHOULD BE ILLEGAL, imho.

These guys will stop at nothing to rob us, and Ron Paul, of any victories in the #1 spot.... IMHO, this is why it took 24 hours to announce any winners.
Crooks,.ALL OF THEM.

Look out for other states where this type of garbage is allowed to happen.I wish Ron Paul would SLAM these guys on the debates Thursday, but we know he won't...CROOKS.
This blog says"NEW LOW" even for NEOCONS(something like this).

Now Wait A Minute

If this tactic is permitted, and we could have done it for Ron Paul, would you be saying this?

Also, how do you know that Ron Paul doesn't have supporters among the slate delegates? Maybe we have some there, too.

IMissLiberty

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

it was reported that the delegates on the pro life-pro family

slate were pooled from Mitt, Huck, McCain and Thompson.
Mitt pro life???
Thompson is not even in the race??

I call shenanigans!

Thanks for the bone Mr. Dore. Do we have a Louisiana lawyer who can ask for an injunction to stop the destruction of the ballots?