Romney clinches GOP nomination with Texas primary win
WASHINGTON – Thanks to Texas, Mitt Romney can finally drop the word “presumptive” from his title.More than five years after launching his first campaign for the presidency, the former Massachusetts governor on Tuesday night clinched the Republican nomination by winning the largely uncontested Texas primary, the Associated Press projected.
The achievement completes what for Romney has been an arduous process of winning over skeptical conservatives and projecting himself as the party’s most competitive choice for taking on President Obama in the fall.
The former Massachusetts governor surpassed the 1,144-threshold to become the nominee by winning at least 88 delegates in Texas, according to the Associated Press tally. The victory is a formality, as most of his Republican opponents had long since peeled away from the race – and then gradually crossed over to endorse Romney.
For NonAmericans and/or those not well versed in how political conventions in the US work:
The logic of the website is that the numbers listed by literally every other news and political source in America is wrong and intentionally misleading by showing all of the delegates won by the candidates. Their "real" delegate count only tallies delegates that completely commited to the candidate they're voting for and then listing the rest as "unclaimed" on the basis that they are nonbinding delegates.
Now they are correct that the majority of the delegates are nonbinding; they are only required to vote for the delegate they represent in the first round of voting. If the convention becomes brokered, they can change their vote. However, since Romney took Texas there is no chance of the convention being brokered, which means that all of the nonbinding delegates for Romney are going to vote for him at the convention and he will obtain the nomination. The only delegates that can vote for whomever they want are the ones released by Gingrich and Santorum, which is far from enough to cause a brokered convention even assuming they all flock to the Ron Paul Campaign.
So basically, the Ron Paultards running the site are conveniently forgetting the rules of the presidential convention: If you go to the convention as a delegate for Mitt Romney, you can't immediately go "Surprise! RAWN PAWL REVOLOOTION!" and change your vote. Doing so may not necessarily be a crime, but its a great way to get chased out of the convention back home, only to find your house burnt to the ground by an angry mob who are, shocker of all shockers, pissed off that you decided to completely screw over their voting process because you think you know better. Not to mention completely blacklisting Ron Paul and his supports from the political process.
Last edited by BloodyTalon; 05-31-2012 at 03:51 PM.