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Ron paul has been quietly piling up delegates for a brokered convention



Two networks yesterday, CNBC...

Two networks yesterday, CNBC
and MSNBC, broadcast a little
known fact – Ron Paul appears
to be winning the Republican
nomination for President. When
the popular Texas Congressman
repeatedly assured supporters
that the race was about
delegates, not beauty contests,



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  • Ron Paul Has Been Quietly Piling UpDelegates For a Brokered Convention?White Out PressApril 25, 2012Romney Nomination in doubt– Brokered Convention likelyTwo networks yesterday, CNBCand MSNBC, broadcast a littleknown fact – Ron Paul appearsto be winning the Republicannomination for President. Whenthe popular Texas Congressmanrepeatedly assured supportersthat the race was aboutdelegates, not beauty contests,he apparently knew what he wastalking about. Now, after threemore states locked in delegates to the GOP nominating convention – CO, MN and IA – indicatorspoint to a brokered convention with a possible, even probable, Ron Paul victory.Mitt Romney in a panicThe only report announcing the news of another Paul victory yesterday was the Doug WeadBlog. That write-up, which included the headline, ‘Romney in a Panic’, was picked-up and reprinted by a number of independent news outlets like RT News and The Daily Paul. Wead’s conclusion is based on a number of factors. First and foremost, Ron Paul continues to win more delegates than Mitt Romney during each state’s respective slating processes. Additionally, the writer points to drastic, last-minute changes to GOP procedure showing an attempt to limit the Paul vote. Some measures include a new poll tax in Washington and robo-calls in New York telling Republican voters that only Mitt Romney remains in the race.
  • "I Think Ron Paul Just Won Iowa!"Rachel Maddow April 23, 2012 has the GOP power-brokers andtheir candidate in such a panic? In threeshort words – Colorado, Minnesota,Iowa.Keep in mind that every major US newsoutlet continues to show TexasCongressman Ron Paul in last place forthe GOP nomination and with only 75delegates. View Politico’s delegate tracker as an example. They show Rep. Paul winning 3delegates in Colorado, 17 in Minnesota and 1 in Iowa. Those networks however, have based theirnumbers on which candidate each state’s delegates are pledged or likely to vote for. The moreimportant number is who they actually do vote for. And in that race, the only race that matters,Ron Paul is shocking the political world.ColoradoAs reported by this author last week in the article, ‘Colo, Minn, GOP Delegates chosen – PaulStrategy Working’, the local Colorado Ron Paul campaign teamed up with the remnants offormer candidate Rick Santorum’s supporters. Together, they created a fusion slate of delegatesto take on front-runner Mitt Romney and throw their collective voting power behind the lastchallenger remaining, Ron Paul. Last week, the Paul campaign sent out a press release quoting the Denver Post’s headline proclaiming, ‘Stunning Upset’. The Post was referring to Congressman Paul’s delegate haul in the state party’s selection process. More importantly, the Colorado selection was the first to be conducted since former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum dropped out of the race, leaving it to the final two men standing – Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. The result, and a possible indicator of things to come, was Colorado Republicans refusing to give Mitt Romney even half their state’s voting delegates. If that trend continues, Mitt Romney cannot mathematically reach the needed 1,144 delegates, at least not on the first ballot. This author pointed out last week that most of the national media, as well as the Colorado GOP, refuse to acknowledge Rep. Paul’s delegates in Colorado. The state party simply calls Paul’s delegates, “unpledged”. As
  • the Paul campaign, as well as a small handful ofother publications pointed out – Ron Paulactually took home 12 Colorado delegates,compared to 16 for Mitt Romney and 8 for RickSantorum. Together, the anti-Romney delegatesoutnumber Romney’s 20 to 16.MinnesotaThe independent-leaning state of Minnesota wasone that many thought Ron Paul might winoutright. While the candidate didn’t win the“beauty contest” as Paul calls it, the libertarianconservative is cleaning up with regard todelegates. Minnesota’s delegate selectionprocess is one of those that happens over thecourse of a few weeks and occurs locally, asRon Paul puts it, “one precinct at a time, onedelegate at a time.”A few days ago, the Paul campaign and thisauthor both announced the candidate’s surprisedelegate haul in Minnesota. At the time, threemajor Congressional districts locked in their delegates and Ron Paul carried all three. In theexcited words of the candidate himself, Ron Paul exclaimed, “Have you heard the news yet?Yesterday, Minnesota held three district conventions. Our campaign swept all three – winningnine delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.” Again, read this author’s April16th column titled, ‘Colo, Minn, GOP Delegates chosen, Paul Strategy Working’ for moreinformation.Now, just a few days later and with another block of Minnesota GOP delegates being chosen,Ron Paul has guaranteed himself a victory in the state. As confirmed by Rachel Maddow last night and by Ron Paul himself while he was the special guest host of CNBC in the morning, Ron Paul has already locked in 20 of the state’s 40 delegates. 16 of those 40 still remain to be chosen and will be awarded over the coming days. As Paul announced yesterday, and Maddow confirmed last night, 24 Minnesota delegates were chosen through this weekend and 20 of them are Ron Paul’s. Iowa In the most stunning and unbelievable example of the Republican Party’s
  • dysfunctional Presidential nominating process this year, thestate of Iowa now has its third official winner. Ashumorously noted last night by Maddow, Newt Gingrich isthe only candidate not to have won Iowa.First, Mitt Romney was forced into the winner’s circle in acrazed, midnight, backroom announcement, even thoughthe votes didn’t warrant it. Whiteout Press was one of theonly media outlets in the nation to write about the faultyvote totals and was vindicated two weeks later when theIowa GOP reversed its decision and awarded the victory inIowa to Rick Santorum. Read the Whiteout Press article‘Sandorum Won Iowa and didn’t say Black‘ predictingthe reversal two weeks before the Iowa GOP reversed its ruling. As a result of the fiasco, theIowa Republican state chairman resigned. Read the article, ‘Midnight Chaos at Iowa Caucus’for election night details.Nothing sums up this weekend’s surprise results like Rachel Maddow’s on-air announcement onMSNBC, “I think Ron Paul just won Iowa.”The left-leaning political anchor was referring to this weekend’s official awarding of Iowa GOPdelegates to the party’s national nominating convention. While the state party has yet to post theresults or make any announcement, the results are trickling out on their own, including the Paulcampaign and on-air comments on CNBC and MSNBC. Those results show Ron Paul winning themost Iowa GOP delegates, including the new Iowa state party Chairmanship.Iowa has 28 total delegates to the GOP nominating convention. The national media still showsRon Paul with only 1 Iowa delegate however. Watch closely over the coming days as the stateparty quietly changes its totals to show Ron Paul going from 1 delegate to 14 – a full 50 percentof the state’s entire delegation to the nominating convention. And again, many of the remainingdelegates are party leaders, elected officials and other super delegates who have yet to assign theirvotes.Romney in troubleThe only good news for Mitt Romney is that Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado weren’t the formerGovernor’s strongest states to begin with. And while the Romney campaign may not be in “panic”mode just yet as some independent reports are suggesting, the candidate and his establishmentbackers must be concerned. With Mitt Romney failing to capture even half of the delegates from
  • these initial states, he is on courseto fight it out for the partynomination at a brokeredconvention this summer.The Warren Harding lessonMany political observers, not justwithin the Ron Paul campaign, arecalling the Texas Congressman’snomination plan the ‘HardingStrategy’. Referring to the 1920Republican nominating conventionheld in Chicago, Warren Hardingwas at the bottom of a list of 12 potential GOP nominees. Unable to unite behind one candidateduring the primary process, the delegates were forced into a brokered convention.Through the first 6 rounds of delegate voting, Harding didn’t even finish in the top three duringany of the votes. But by the 10th vote, Warren Harding walked away with the Republicannomination. He went on to win the general election and become President.While many political analysts are calling Ron Paul’s current journey a mirror image of Harding’s1920 trek, others aren’t quite convinced. As the Paul campaign itself continues to point out, onlyhalf of the states have voted so far. Nothing’s been decided yet. If nothing else, just when theRepublican leadership and the national media have proclaimed Mitt Romney the GOP nominee, Ron Paul’s string of delegate victories this week may force them to do what they were forced to do in Iowa – admit they’re wrong. Whether or not the Texas Congressman can duplicate Warren Harding’s stunning upset on the way to the White House is another question. But if delegate selections continue on the course they’re on, Mitt Romney will not have enough delegates to win the nomination outright. If that turns out to be the case and the GOP heads into a brokered convention, Ron Paul may have the party right where he wants it. A brokered convention has been his strategy all along.
  • Ron Paul Wins Washington, On Track to BeNominated at 2012 GOP ConventionChris MilesPolicy MicApril 25, 2012The Ron Paul “delegate strategy” seems tobe working. And he could very well benominated at the Republican NationalConvention in Tampa in late summer.Wow. Twist.The Texas libertarian has based his entire2012 presidential campaign on the ability towin over state delegates — rather thanwinning the popular vote. To do this, Paulhas utilized an extensive grassroots campaignnetwork to influence local officials, who inturn would influence the higher-up officials.Until recently, this strategy had shown onlylimited results: the ground-level Pauldelegates had not been able to immediatelyinfluence the wider state delegate situation. Now, though, caucus states like Washington,Minnesota, and Iowa — each with a complicated system of “bound” and “unbound” delegates —are nominating their delegates to the GOP national convention in Tampa. And the Paul groundgame is starting to work, but with some institutional backlash.Here’s a micro-level example: In Washington over the weekend, Republicans in the 37thLegislative District gathered to vote on their delegates. The meeting saw Ron Paul supporters elect one of their own to chair the process. A Republican Party chairman, though, refused to accept the Paul- supporting chairperson, and ended the meeting, declaring that the meeting was no longer a Republican Party event, but rather a Ron Paul campaign event. The caucus finished its business outside in the sun, and elected 11 Ron Paul supporters to the state convention, which begins May 31 in Tacoma.
  • Boom, Ron Paul’s system looks like it is working.Paul loyalists, of course, still harbor hope for getting theirman nominated at the national convention in Tampa in lateAugust. In order to do that, Paul must have a majority ofsupport from at least five state delegations. With states likeNorth Dakota, Minnesota, Maine, and others on track, hissupporters could then attempt to nominate him from the floor.And it’s looking like he’ll get the states he needs to be eligablefor a nomination (though, by no means would he be able tobeat Mitt Romneys delegate haul). Even being eligable wouldbe a massive #win for Paul, though, especially as he shops hislibertarian ideology and seeks to infleunce conservative politicson a more philisophical level.Earlier this week in Iowa and Minnesota, Ron Paul’s covert, submarine delegate strategy paidoff. Iowa has 28 total delegates that it can award, and one of those delegates is the statechairman, a Ron Paul supporter. Paul also picked up 13 delegates from the state’s nominationcommittee, which decided yesterday to go for Ron Paul. Weeks after the Iowa race was called forRick Santorum, Paul’s grinding delegate game has paid off, and at the very worst, he will earnhalf of Iowa’s delegates.He pulled off the same thing in Minnesota. The state has 40 delegates and Ron Paul has securedat least 20 of them, confirming Paul’s prediction at the time that “when the dust settles, there is avery good chance that we’ll have the maximum number of delegates coming out of Minnesota.”Ron Paul is very much on track to change the course of this GOP presidential race.