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On the Road to the Republican National Convention! How the Republican Party Assign Their Delegates!

Updated on September 8, 2013

"AND THEY'RE OFF!" The first of the Caucuses and Primaries are now in the record books. Winners and Losers declared the field narrowed. As, you know all this hoopla is about each of our two National Political Parties determining who is going to run for the office of President.

But, what happens after the dust is cleared from the Primaries and Caucuses? How are the Candidates selected to represent their parties? One would think that the person with the most votes, the popular vote would be the candidate to represent their party on the National Playing Field. However, that is not the case in our political system. Each party, in order to ensure a true democratic process, assign delegates to vote for each candidate. It is these votes that will truly who will run for the office.

In the case of the Republican Party a Candidate needs to have a majority of the delegate votes in order to receive "The Party" nomination. That means the winner of the nomination will need to have 1,212 delegate votes out of 2,422. But who are these delegates and where do they come from, you may be asking?

Each party has their own special way of allocating delegates. For the Republican Party they have 10 delegates for each state, a delegate is awarded for each National Committeeman, Committeewoman, State Party Chairman of each State, America Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianna Islands, Puerto Rico the U.S Virgin Islands. They also allocate 3 district delegates for each member of the US House of Representatives, 16 from the District of Columbia, 20 from Puerto Rico and 6 from each of our territories.

If you haven't noticed this still doesn't add up to the 2,422 delegates needed to make the convention so the Republican Party award bonus delegates to each state in which the majority of the Electoral College voted Republican in the last Presidential Election. They also reward bonus delegates for each Republican member elected to State Offices and State House seats.

After, the magic number of delegates are reached they are up for grabs in the various caucuses and primaries around the country. Depending on the State or Caucus rules the candidates can either receive a portion of the delegates at large or a portion of them. For example, South Carolina is a winner take all state and Newt got all 25 delegates to vote for him at the National Convention. However, Iowa is a proportional Caucus and a each of the top 3 winners each receive 6 delegates to represent them at the convention.

When these delegates go the the National Convention they will vote, depending on Party and State rules, as either pledged or un-pledged for the candidates up for Nomination. Even though this process is very complex and lengthy it provides us as voters time to decide who we want to represent us on a National level. So when, Primary or Caucus comes to your State, vote, voice your opinion, exercise your rights and help to select the next person to run for President.


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      Lindy's World 3 years ago


      Thank you for your comment. I agree with you that we as Americans should be angry about what is occurring in our great country.

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      Sachin 3 years ago

      Great idea- I love challenges, they bring erecunagoment & motivation. It's also beautiful that you are being so intentional and mindful about approaching your milestone birthday. I did something similar (101 in 1,001 days) when I was a newlywed. You started out with the hard ones (at least they'd be hard for me!)- can't wait to see 30 days of travel :)

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      Alondra 3 years ago

      Today Is Election Day! This Is the Time For all Americans To Come Together and Support Barack Obama. You Already Know Why. So I Will Leave You With These Inspirational Quotes. Quote from the movie Independence day.."We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vaisnh without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day! Qoute From the movie "Network" 1976 Howard Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's work, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. Howard Beale: [shouting] You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, Goddamnit! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, [shouting] Howard Beale: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: Howard Beale: [screaming at the top of his lungs] "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!" Howard Beale: All I know is, you've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm a human being, goddamn it. My life has value." Howard Beale: We'll tell you anything you want to hear, we lie like hell. Howard Beale: You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here, you're beginning to believe that the tube is reality and your own lives are unreal. You do. Why, whatever the tube tells you: you dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even think like the tube. This is mass madness, you maniacs. In God's name, you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion. Howard Beale: ...I want you to get mad. I don't want you to protest, I don't want you to riot, I don't want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression, the inflation, the Russians, or the crime in the streets. All I know is that first... You've got to get mad. Tell Everyone You Know and The Ones You Don't Know! Vote Barack Obama!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....I think the new presidential candidate for the Republican party is so boring and stiff that he makes Bob Dole look like Charlie Sheen - so it will be Obama back in for another four years - for better or for worse -

      lake erie time ontario canada 10:54pm Sure it sounds shallow but image and charisma counts with the media and the voters - how do you think Bill Clinton lasted as long as he did - he was a liar, a cheat and a con man and people still loved him.

      I am not much into politics - I am more apolitical but I do know about human nature and the perception that we have of one another - sending you warm wishes and good energy with a really hot recording playing in the background - Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson