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Ron Paul Wins Virgin Islands, media not reporting


Ron Paul Wins U.S. Virgin Island Caucus

The media is reporting that Mitt Romney won the U.S. Virgin Island Caucus when Ron Paul actually won the popular vote. Explains Business Insider’s Michael Brendan Dougherty in his piece:

“Ron Paul Just Won a Caucus But the Media is Telling you Mitt Romney Did”

Ron Paul won the GOP caucus in the Virgin Islands, or at least he won the most votes according to the Virgin Islands Republican Party.

Right now the count stands this way:

384 total cast

112 to Paul (29%)

101 to Romney (26%)

23 to Santorum (6%)

18 to Gingrich (5%)

But as with all caucuses it isn’t that simple.

The AP and others reported yesterday that Mitt Romney won the Virgin Islands caucus.

And they aren’t entirely wrong, because of the crazy rules that are around caucuses, Mitt Romney was able to qualify for more delegates, and win them. One of the “uncommitted” delegates also went to Romney.

So maybe the media isn’t entirely unjustified in saying Romney won it.

But we think they buried the real story…

It is the first territory where Paul has clearly beaten Romney in a popular vote…

Slate’s Dave Weigel also reports on the confusing/misleading reports that Romney won the U.S. Virgin Island Caucus:

How did Paul get 11 more votes than Romney, but lose to him on delegates? It’s complicated. The Virgin Islands doesn’t portion out delegates by popular vote. Voters literally elect delegates– the six with the most support get to go to Tampa.

Here’s the deal: If the popular vote is what means a candidate has “won” a primary or caucus, then Ron Paul unquestionably won the U.S. Virgin Island Caucus, in the same way Santorum “won” Iowa, Romney “won” New Hampshire, Gingrich “won” South Carolina, etc.

But if actual delegate counts as “winning”–as the media is portraying Romney’s “win” in the U.S. Virgin Island Caucus–then this proves what our campaign has been saying all along: That Ron Paul stands to collect more delegates than anyone realizes despite where the other candidates finished in each state’s straw poll.

If the popular vote means you’ve won, then Ron Paul just won the U.S. Virgin Island Caucus. If collecting delegates equals victory, then Paul stands to do well there too.

The media is trying to have it both ways with Romney and the Virgin Island Caucus while ignoring Ron Paul’s actual straw poll first place victory.

Not that media duplicity is ever of any surprise to Paul and his supporters.