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St. Charles GOP Caucus Goes Big for Ron Paul

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Ron Paul wins St. Chuck.
Well, that was comparatively easy. On the day Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign, the St. Charles County Republicans picked Ron Paul as their man at the party's do-over shot at a caucus. There were no arrests, no embarrassment and no cries of unfair tactics.

But Paul's victory last night may not be anything more than a morale booster for Paul supporters.

For starters, Mitt Romney has seemingly wrapped up the GOP presidential candidacy. 1,144 delegates are needed to win the nomination. Romney has an estimated 645 at the moment, while Paul has 45. That's a lot of ground to make up.

Also, last night's caucus was not about determining which of the candidates gets Missouri's delegates, it was to determine which people would be sent to the state district caucuses. At those caucuses, to be held later this month, people will be selected to send to the actual state caucus in June. It's the that state caucus that will ultimately determine which candidate will be the official candidate for Missouri Republicans.

Confused? Me, too. Our democratic process can seem needlessly convoluted at times, and that's not even taking into account the electoral college.

Still, a win's a win.

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Rprevolution
Rprevolution

I can't wait until the real delegate count is said, because Ron Paul has more than 45

So-fucking-trendy
So-fucking-trendy

What a shocker! The selfish me-first narcissist libertard fuckwads in St. Charles turned out en mass to vote for their batty lunatic role model. Never saw that one coming after the religious zealot fuckwad dropped out. Good old St. Charles were they like their crazies REALLY crazy.

Fknjonas
Fknjonas

so the bottom line is(as I've learned), there are many "GOP elections", before there's an actual "vote" in the party, the min of 1144 they talk about.  When they vote, and they come up with less then 1144, then all those delegates MAY change there vote.  That's when having all those Ron Paul supporters as delegates matters.  They Represent the GOP electorate.  They become the voice of the party, and this party member wants Ron Paul.  Discuss away, my vote in Nov. will remain the same, RON PAUL.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I think that dead horse has been beaten to a pulp already.  So many better things they could do with their lives but instead keep trying to do this nonsense.  And it is not even remotely democratic since ONLY Paul supports showed up for this, everyone else figuring there are better things to do.  Guys, I hate to tell you this, but he lost.  Even with one small county backing him, it amounts to nothing.

sameolbs
sameolbs

There are better things to do than to show up for your candidate? That is why Paul won. You don't want to work for your candidate.

RGS
RGS

Boo for uninformed people like you Pete.

Rainforestman
Rainforestman

Actually, three National Delegates will be chosen at each of Missouri'a Congressional District Conventions on April 21.

at the State Convention in June 25 National Delegates will be chosen.

The district and state conventions are completely separate of each other.

jmbrueggen
jmbrueggen

actually you are not quite correct.  Delegates chose last night were chosen to go to both the congressional district conventions, and also the state convention.  Each Congression district will elect three national delegates, and the state convention will elect the rest of the missouri slate.  also the state chairman, state chairwoman, and party treasurer? are automatic delegates whi can vote for whoever.  So to recap, three party officials, 24 delegates from the CD's, and 25 delegates from the state convention for a grand total of 52 delegates to the national convention.  So far in Missouri (data from wikipedia) using known county delegate preferences 1066 of 2086 delegates are known.  Paul has 29.5% of the delegates to Santorums 18.3% to Romneys 2.2% to Gingriches 1.1%.  7 of the 8 congressional districts are leaning heavily to Paul (one is an outright majority of total delegates) leading to an assumed 21 delegates for Paul.  Given Pauls lead in delegates it is also fair to assume he will win the 25 state delegates while the three party officials likely go to Romney.  A good guess of the state delegates then is 46 to Paul, three to Santorum, and three to Romney.

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