Let the Voters Decide

Everyone has a right to their opinion and this election year is no different. The current battle for the GOP nomination for President has seen some tough battles and there will be more in the future. The current allocation of delegates has some in recent days call for candidates such as Rick Santorum and others to stop the battle in the anticipation that Mitt Romney will be the eventual nominee. The amount of endorsements has been large but the race is not decided until an accurate count of delegates is accumulated for one candidate.

Many states have had their say in who they wish to be the nominee for the Republican Party and the remainder of those who have yet to vote should be allowed to participate in the decision. Candidates who withdraw from the race if it occurs will be denying voters in states who have yet to make their choice. Many say that the battle is hurting the Republican Party’s chances to win the election in November. The battles that have been waged between the candidates and the debates which have been held have made each candidate a stronger individual and a stronger candidate whoever wins the nomination.

Many of the Republican establishment has endorsed Mitt Romney and this is their right but it is also the right of all voters to make their choice. Voters in the remaining states may or may not agree with who the establishment has chosen. The road to the nomination is only half over in that about half of the delegates to win the nomination have been allocated to one candidate. Many more delegates are yet to be awarded and each remaining state should not have their votes discounted in having the nominee already determined.

Every vote in every state should have the opportunity to impact the selection of a political party nominee. Our political system and the delegate process are built on the premise that voters make the choice for individual party nominees. The establishment does not choose the nominee it is the voters. The impression given with the endorsements is that the race is over which is far from the truth. We are a country where the principle that every vote counts should every vote should count and the call for candidates to end the race is sending a message the remaining state votes have no importance

While the system in place has a good structure the method of allocating delegates in each affects the will of the people. Some if not all states only allocate a portion of their delegates with the remaining taking place at the party convention. This aspect projects a different picture in the quantity of delegates associated with individual candidates. While it is too late for the process to be changed this election year the states and the political parties need to consider changing the process of awarding delegates. Voters in some states with a winner take all system does not give representation to those who have voted for other candidates. There have been cases where the results of totals for two candidates are close yet one candidate gets all of the delegates while the other gets none in a winner take all environment.

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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

You're absolutely right. Every state is different and the number of bound delegates is very few. The numbers the media keeps touting are completely false. I have to do some research on what they actually are.

Here in MN we had a straw poll at our caucuses, but it doesn't mean anything. The national delegates are selected at the district and state conventions and I know there are some district chairs who are using their influence to promote Romney. They're also doing everything they can to keep Ron Paul delegates out.

None of that really matters either because none of the delegates are bound and they can vote however they wish at the convention. The uninformed public is really being mislead by the media.


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Dennis AuBuchon 4 years ago Author

Thanks for you comment and input on the position of delegates in Minnesota. I too feel the public is being mislead by the media. I am tabulating a spreadsheet for each state on the number of delegates and the number awarded. The process of awarding delegates needs to be changed so it better reflects the will of the public by having all the delegates awarded after the state elections.


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Dennis,

I did some research and found the actual count on the RNC website. Duh! The actual count is Romney 573, Santorum 202, Gingrich 132 and Paul 26. There are 101 delegates who aren't bound not included in these totals.


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Dennis AuBuchon 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the information


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Doesn't matter now that Santorum dropped out. The powers-that-be decided it was going to be Romney over a year ago and they had no intention of letting the voters decide.


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Dennis AuBuchon 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment

It is true Santorum did withdraw his race for the nomination but the principle in the hub is still one that needs to be implemented for the future. Voters have a right to make the choice as identified in election results. All delegates should be awarded after each election.

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