Ron Paul Still Has Chance in Hunt for Delegates
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ron Paul still has a number of opportunities to pick up delegates as the Republican primary race heads into the winner-take-all season.
The Republican National Committee rules adopted in August 2010 stated that winner-take-all elections would take place from April 1 onward, which would seem to favor front-runner Mitt Romney.
The majority of the remaining contests, however, are modified winner-take-all primaries, a few of which may favor Paul's chances to pick up precious delegates for the Republican National Convention in August.
Of the 21 remaining states yet to vote for their preference of a Republican nominee, nine still have some sort of proportional allocation of delegates.
Rhode Island allocates all of its congressional district delegates proportionally. Arkansas and Kentucky also do, although those states allot some of their delegates proportionally through the statewide popular vote. Indiana uses the congressional district process and picks a few of its remaining delegates in a state convention.
Should Ron Paul campaign in parts of those contests, he could grab a share of the delegates in those primaries.
Proportional primary states include North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, New Mexico and South Dakota. Paul has picked up proportional primary delegates in Vermont and Virginia.
Nebraska holds a primary on May 15, but the results are non-binding. Instead, Nebraska will select delegates at a state convention in July. Paul's organization has worked in all caucus and convention states to pick off delegates. Montana also selects its delegates at a state convention.
West Virginia holds a primary in which voters directly elect delegates on the ballot. The delegates must reveal their preference for the Republican nomination. Pennsylvania also has a similar "loophole" primary in which a statewide beauty contest is held to show voter preference for the nomination, but Pennsylvanians will also vote directly for delegates on a ballot.
In the one "loophole" primary thus far, which was Illinois, Paul didn't receive any delegates, but he could perform better in Pennsylvania or West Virginia.
Wisconsin, Maryland, Connecticut, California and New York all have congressional district allocation of delegates -- meaning if a candidate wins a district, he receives all its delegates -- and a statewide winner-take-all popular vote.
Paul is unlikely to pick up any delegates in Delaware, New Jersey and Utah as those contests are winner-take-all statewide primaries.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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