Santorum Super PAC claims Idaho GOP broke rules on Romney winner-take-all, urges convention challenge

Rick Santorum desperately needs a win in Wisconsin Tuesday to slow Mitt Romney's momentum, but the Red White & Blue Fund says in a 39-page memo that Idaho is among 12 states where challenges could trim Romney's delegate count.

The March 22 memo was published last week by the Huffington Post and argues that 638 unbound delegates and potential challenges at the convention in August mean it is "nearly impossible" for Romney to capture the 1,144 necessary to lock up the nomination in advance.

In Idaho, the memo argues that Romney deserves only 20 of the 32 delegates, though state party rules call for him to receive all 32. The memo says Santorum deserves six delegates. It also mistakenly says Newt Gingrich should also get six delegates, confusing Gingrich with Ron Paul. Romney received 62 percent of the vote in Idaho's March 6 caucus, Santorum was second with 18 percent and Paul also received 18 percent. Gingrich got 2 percent.

Jonathan Parker, the Idaho GOP's executive director, said Santorum's backers misinterpret the rules.

The memo cites the national party rule that says, "Any presidential primary...which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis."

Writes RWB Executive Director Nick Ryan, "Idaho's party rule is not consistent with the national rules, and national rules supersede the state rules. RWB believes that the Newt Gingrich (sic) and Rick Santorum delegates have a valid and viable challenge that should be brought to the RNC Committee on Contests this summer."

In an email to me, Idaho's Parker disagrees: "Summed up: Idaho is a proportional state, but with a threshold (above 50%) for winner take all. And therefore, according to Rule 15b of the RNC Rules, this is allowed before April but not before the first Tuesday in March. And since Romney won over 50%, he was awarded all of Idaho's 32 delegates."

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I love it when republicans eat republicans ...


Enuff all ready

Stop the whining. Like the State of Idaho is going with anyone other than the LDS candidate.
Always new most party politics were petty on the most simple of issues...this one has to take the cake. Let go back to the primary to outcome would be any different.

Enjoy the Ride...there is no return ticket.

Idaho Republicans are unanimous …

in supporting whomever they are told to support. Neither dissent nor equivocation will be tolerated. Should Romney become President, let it be known that we were 100% behind you! Idaho Republicans are men of honor, conviction and a firm belief in what they're told to believe.

men of conviction?

I agree to an extent, a lot should be convicted of something but are not really men of conviction. But then again this is a Repubican state!

Constantly lying. The left

Constantly lying. The left would die if they every had a truth come out of theri mouth's. I'll bee writing in Gingrich OR Santorum but for sure NOT Romney. So much for your lying.


Cya, Rick. Time to go. While I like Many of his stances better than Romney, it's clear that he is not ready.

You know you're losing when. . .

You know you're losing when you try any and all possibilities to stay alive, even if it means trying to catch smoke. Santorum was the cute little freshman who didn't have a chance of becoming prom king, got momentum from friends and sympathizers. Now, however, the hype has died down and the harsh reality of failure is setting in. Romney will come away with the nomination. Santorum reminds me of the jealous boy/girlfriend who tries to kill their ex so no one else can have them.

He can't even figure out their own GOP rules and he wants to run

the country?
Sorry, you lose.

Yeah. . .

Yeah, no kidding right. Not to mention the wrong candidate for second place.

Can't God take this Bozo any sooner?


"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Conservative, Conschmerative

It is laughable that of the four Republicans in the primary Idaho supports the most liberal.

It doesn't matter anyway.


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Give the Republican party

Give the Republican party power....and they implode. It's happening all over the country. Americans get it that the Republican agenda does not support the common good, but only a select few...the 1%. This should be an interesting election year.

They used to be a vibrant party that shaped America...

The Democratic Party isn't exactly God either but the number of crackers in the box is dwindling over all.


"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

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