For Ron Paul, It’s All About the Delegates

Why is Ron Paul so happy about finishing second? Given the GOP delegate system, he could be in very good shape.

So in Iowa, Ron Paul came in third.  Today he finished second in New Hampshire.

What does this really mean?

As Slate reported last week, many major news companies have been publishing conflicting reports about the number of delegates that a candidate has won in the first two states to vote for the GOP nomination, but the truth is that ALL of them are inaccurate.  That is because of the very nature of the GOP primary process.

Unlike the Democratic primary process, which assigns delegates based on the primary/caucus voting results of a given state, the GOP primaries will send delegates chosen by the voters in each district.  Those delegates are not bound to vote for any particular candidate- in other words, any count of delegates that you see from the media is at best an estimate, and at worse wholly inaccurate.

What this means for Ron Paul supporters is that the truth about who is truly ahead in the GOP nomination may not be known until the Republican National Convention- if enough delegates wind up voting for Dr Paul, he could get the nod despite placing runner-up in all of the primaries.

Today, Paul asked all candidates not named Romney to drop out of the race and combine their efforts behind him.  A concerted effort to defeat the most statist candidate in the pack (though not by much…) is an appeal that could win over many delegates from the the Bachmanns and Santorums of the world, should Ron Paul hold on to second place according to the primary and caucus results.

A delegate victory is impossible to stop with voting machines, intimidation or disqualifying voters- it’s a wide open opportunity for We the People to overcome such tyrannical tactics.  If you are like me, tired of seeing the statists win at every turn, you may want to consider the following link:

How to Become a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Your State

Jason Rink is the Editor-in-Chief of The Liberty Voice. Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society. He is the producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of “Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul. See more of his work at his writing at and his film production work at

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