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Minnesota RNC members refuse to mention Romney's name

by: Matt

Mon May 21, 2012 at 22:03:47 PM EDT

This is fascinating. We're still monitoring the GOP superdelegates for their endorsements, and it's pretty incredible that so many of them still haven't publicly endorsed the presumptive nominee.

And so we turn our attention to Minnesota, where towards the end of the contentious state convention, RNC members Pat Anderson (uncommitted) and Jeff Johnson (still listed for Gingrich) gave speeches. And not once did either mention Mitt Romney's name. Johnson focused on Paul:

So I want to say something to both the Ron Paul lovers in the room, and the Ron Paul haters in the room. 

Anderson was even more generic:

And we're going to do it now, and we're going to win in November.

And so we have two more superdelegates still not in Romney's column.

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Romney asks superdelegates for loyalty oath (we can confirm 5 new)

by: Matt

Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 23:03:13 PM EDT

In probably the strangest day in the history of superdelegates, a petulant Mitt Romney would not allow members of the RNC to enter a meeting with him unless they signed a form pledging an endorsement. Most did, but notably for the presumptive nominee, many did not:

No signature, no photo. At a private reception for supporters before a speech to the Republican National Committee, a top aide to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney risked creating an incident by enforcing that rule.

Romney held a gathering this morning for RNC members who have pledged to support his campaign at the convention in Tampa, Fla. To gain access and get a photograph taken, RNC members had to sign a pledge promising to vote for Romney.

But members of the Iowa delegation tried to join the party, even though they have not pledged to back Romney. Iowa National Committeewoman Kim Lehman was supporting former Sen. Rick Santorum; state party Chairman A.J. Spiker is the only one of the 168 RNC members to publicly back Rep. Ron Paul; and National Committeeman Steve Scheffler remains unpledged.

But Romney did pick up 5 new public endorsements:

Demetra DeMonte IL
Peggy Lambert TN
John Ryder TN
Solomon Yue OR
Reta Hamilton AR

Romney:    43
Gingrich:  2
Santorum:  2
Paul:      1


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Romney picks up, then loses, WV superdelegate (updated)

by: Matt

Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 23:12:14 PM EDT

Romney completes the hat trick in West Virginia, picking up the last remaining superdelegate:

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is considered one of the front runners in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, is the "right person" for the job, West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Mike Stuart said.

Stuart becomes Romney's 34th superdelegate:

Romney:    34
Gingrich:  2
Santorum:  2
Paul:      1
Well, that didn't last long. Turned out, he resigned a week ago.
As a result, I will resign as Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party effective as of May 9, 2012.
And Romney goes back to 33 superdelegates.
See the list of GOP Unbound Delegates.
And don't forget the Ultimate Republican Nomination Info Chart.
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New superdelegate Kerry Healey for Romney

by: Matt

Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 20:40:22 PM EDT

The superdelegate chaos in Massachusetts has ended, and Romney's former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey has won the race for committeewoman position, and as a Romney supporter, becomes Romney's 33rd superdelegate. (We did not have her predecessor, Jody Dow, counted for Romney).

Romney:    33
Gingrich:  2
Santorum:  2
Paul:      1
See the list of GOP Unbound Delegates.
And don't forget the Ultimate Republican Nomination Info Chart.
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Fox News Contributor and Superdelegate Endorses Mitt Romney

by: Oreo

Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 13:24:31 PM EDT

An interview Indiana Committeewoman Dee Dee Benkie had with Politics365 on February 29th has pushed her into the endorser side for Mitt Romney.

Benkie says this about Mitt Romney: "This is the only who can beat Barack Obama". She went on to say, "he better be (our nominee) or we'll be in big trouble.

"I can see all three (Santorum, Gingrich and Paul) being so stubborn that they cannot give it up before the convention"

There are too many Pro-Romney quotes to list.

You can listen to the interview here. Skip about halfway through for Benkie.

Benkie is Mitt Romney's 31st superdelegate. You can see the full list of superdelegates and who has endorsed on our 2012 GOP Superdelegate List


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Romney gets 25 delegates in Guam, NMI, and USVI, and 3 in Wyoming (updated)

by: Matt

Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 19:08:28 PM EST

Mitt Romney won all 9 delegates in Guam tonight, including all 3 superdelegates:

Romney picked up all nine delegates from Guam. Republicans on the tiny Pacific island met Saturday at their state convention and backed the former Massachusetts governor in a unanimous show of hands.

Convention co-chair Jerry Crisostomo says though Guam's Republican National Convention delegates are technically uncommitted all pledged to vote for the candidate chosen at the state convention.

Update: And he's also won all 9 delegates in the Northern Marianas Islands:
Another victory for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. He’s won the Republican caucus in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, picking up nine delegates from the U.S. territory.

Romney won 87 percent of the 848 votes cast Saturday on the main islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
Romney was considered the favorite. He was endorsed by Gov. Benigno R. Fitial, chairman of the island’s Republican Party.

Fitial says he and the eight other delegates will support Romney at the Republican National Convention in Florida.

We already had Fitial for Romney, so that's an additional 2 superdelegates, and additional 8 total, for Romney.
Update: In the US Virgin Islands:

Chairman Herb Schoenbaum says Romney can count on seven delegates from the Virgin Islands. He already had three superdelegates before Saturday's caucuses and he picked up three more in voting in St. Thomas and St. Croix. After the vote, an uncommitted delegate switched to Romney.

Ron Paul got one delegate, and one delegate remains uncommitted.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/10/2687209/romney-wins-virgin-islands-gop.html#storylink=cpy

We had 2 of the USVI superdelegates already for Romney.
Finally, Romney has picked up 3 delegates in Wyoming today, with Santorum getting 3, with 3 more to be picked.
Here's the current superdelegate count:
Romney:   27
Gingrich:  3
Santorum:  2
Paul:      1
See the list of GOP Unbound Delegates.
And don't forget the Ultimate Republican Nomination Info Chart.
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Romney piles on with new MT superdelegate

by: Matt

Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 09:00:00 AM EST

Mitt Romney picked up his 19th superdelegate last nite:

Mitt Romney Announces Montana Leadership Team
Republican National Committeeman Errol Galt (Martinsdale)

A little icing on top of his Super Tuesday delegate haul.

Here's the current superdelegate count:
Romney:   19
Gingrich:  3
Santorum:  2
Paul:      1
See the list of GOP Unbound Delegates.
And don't forget the Ultimate Republican Nomination Info Chart.
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Santorum picks up AL superdelegate

by: Matt

Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 10:57:04 AM EST

Rick Santorum now has his second superdelegate endorsement:

RNC member Bettye Fine Collins of Alabama said she supports Santorum because he can better relate to regular working people. That contrasts with Romney's image as a wealthy investor who made millions on Wall Street.

Santorum "has never flip-flopped on conservative values," Collins said, alluding to Romney changing positions on some issues.

Here's the current superdelegate count:
Romney:   18
Gingrich:  3
Santorum:  2
Paul:      1
See the list of GOP Unbound Delegates.
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MO and VT superdelegates are super again

by: Matt

Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 22:02:56 PM EST

We had been basing our superdelegate list on the RNC Delegate Summary (also in the left sidebar), but more and more we're finding out that the document is out-of-date or just wrong. This article notes that MO superdelegates are unbound and can vote as they wish, and consultations with the experts at Green Papers indicate the same for VT's superdelegates. So we have added the 6 supers back to the list, giving us 126 superdelegates up-for-grabs.

Two other notes. The VT GOP just appointed a new chairman, Jack Lindley, who has been added to our list. In addition, Section 11.h of the Vermont GOP rules state:

h.) Election of National Committeeman and Committeewoman

The delegates to the Republican State Convention in Presidential years shall elect one (1) man and one (1) woman for the offices of National Committeeman and National Committeewoman from this state for the ensuing four years.

But we've seen other states where Spring elections of national committeemen/women do not take effect until after the convention, so we'll keep our current VT list as it is, for now.

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Texas gets its superdelegates back

by: Matt

Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 22:57:26 PM EST

When we first started our GOP superdelegate list, we did not treat TX differently from most other states, and even had TX State Chairman Steve Munisteri as an endorser for Rick Perry. However, we subsequently removed TX, (along with some other states), from the superdelegate list, based on the Texas Republican General Rules for All Conventions and Meeting, October 2011, Section 38.8.f, which says:

The total Texas delegation of delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention shall be proportional to the statewide presidential primary vote, as provided for in this rule.

Seems clear, right? "Total" means "total", right? But today, Munisteri said no, he is a superdelegate:

With Texas' primary date up in the air, there's a question about how important the state will be to the GOP nominating process. One sign of the uncertainty may be that Munisteri's telephone has been curiously silent on at least one front since Perry got out of the presidential race.

Munisteri had supported Perry's White House bid but now is undecided. What's more, he's a super-delegate."

I wouldn't have expected anybody to call me while Perry was running because I was very publicly for Perry, but I would have thought the campaigns would have made efforts to contact the supporters of the candidates that dropped out, especially supporters that are automatically guaranteed delegate spots," Munisteri said. "Maybe I just don't understand campaigns. I must be missing something."

So we did some more research, and found two things. First, the General Rules, cited above, also says in Section 38.7.b:

At the State Convention, the National Nominations Committee shall meet to select nominees for all at-large delegates and alternate delegates, and consider the recommended names of members of the Congressional District Caucuses for possible selection as National Convention Delegates and Alternates. Those individuals who have access to the floor of the National Convention by virtue of their office shall be prohibited for selection as an at-large national delegate, by the National Nominations Committee.

So the superdelegates are not considered "at-large delegates".

We also found meeting minutes of the TX GOP (h/t Green Papers), which says:

Under the new rule, presidential candidates will be allocated national convention delegates in direct proportion to the statewide popular vote they receive in the Texas Republican Primary on March 6, 2012. However, to ensure that local leadership continues to have significant input in the selection of delegates, 3 delegates per Congressional district will still be selected. With 36 Congressional districts, this means that 108 of the state's 155 delegates will be selected by individual Congressional districts. 3 delegate spots are reserved for the National Committeeman, National Committeewoman and State Chairman, pursuant to national party rules. The remaining 44 delegates will be selected at-large by a nominating committee at the convention.

The evidence is clear, so we have restored Texas's 3 superdelegates to our list. Memo to the Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul campaigns: Steve Munisteri, Bill Crocker and Borah Van Dormolen are waiting for your call.

Update: See also here.

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Paul gets first superdelegate in show of strength in IA

by: Matt

Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 13:27:44 PM EST

Former Iowa chairman Matt Strawn stepped down recently in the wake of the vote-count fiasco, creating an vacancy on the superdelegate list. This morning, Ron Paul Iowa co-chair AJ Spiker was elected the new chairman of the Iowa Republican State Party, giving Paul his first superdelegate. It is also a clear sign of organization strength for the Paul campaign, in their their quest to get excess delegates out of the caucus states, and it makes tonight's Maine results even more interesting.

Update from the Des Moines Register:

Ames Republican A.J. Spiker is the new chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, according to members of the state GOP central committee.

Spiker is a real estate agent and a central committee member. He’s well known for his strong backing of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The previous GOP chairman, Matt Strawn, resigned Friday.

The 17-member state central committee voted 9-8 today to elect Spiker. Others vying for the post were state GOP co-chairman Bill Schickel and Polk GOP co-chair Dave Funk.

Here's the current superdelegate count:

Romney:   18
Gingrich:  3
Santorum:  1 
Paul:      1
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Romney gets new superdelegate for 3rd straight day

by: Matt

Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 23:17:41 PM EST

0 for 3 on Tuesday night? No problem for the Mitt Romney superdelegate express:

Even though there may not be much of a presidential race by primary day, Illinois’ Republican Party chairman is optimistic that the likely nominee will do some campaigning here between now and March 20.

“I think Gov. (Mitt) Romney will be through (Illinois) in March,” said Pat Brady.
Brady said he is supporting the former Massachusetts governor as, Brady believes, the best choice to oust President Obama.

And a rare party chairman endorsement also. That's #18 for Romney. (Note that the story is dated 1/18/12, between NH and SC).

Here's the current superdelegate count:
Romney:   18
Gingrich:  3
Santorum:  1
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Romney gets superdelegate #16 from Wyoming

by: Matt

Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 20:25:08 PM EST

The Romney superdelegate express keeps rolling along:

Mitt Romney today announced the members of his Wyoming leadership team.
State Co-Chairs:

Greg Schaefer, Wyoming Republican National Committeeman      
Here's the current superdelegate count:
Romney:   16
Gingrich:  2
Santorum:  1
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Gingrich picks up MN superdelegate

by: Matt

Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 23:37:16 PM EST

Newt Gingrich is on a superdelegate roll (for him), getting a new superdelegate for the second straight day. From Jeff Johnson, MN GOP Committeeman, from the twitterverse:

Endorsed Newt for Prez today and introduced JC Watts at Gingrich rally in E.P.

That gives Gingrich his third superdelegate. All the campaigns put out a number of MN endorsements today, and Romney put out a long list, but only Gingrich was able to get one with a vote.

Check out the complete Republican Superdelegate Endorsement List.

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Gingrich picks up PR superdelegate

by: Matt

Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 23:36:55 PM EST

This went under the radar in the runup to the Florida primary:

The crowd came alive as Don Carlos Méndez, mayor of Aguadilla City, Puerto Rico, took the stage to introduce Gingrich. 

"I do believe that Newt Gingrich is going to be the next president of the United States," Mendez said, to wild applause. "And I do believe that Callista, his wife, Callista Gingrich is going to be a wonderful first lady. The best first lady ever!"

Mendez, is President of the Puerto Rico GOP state party. He is Gingrich's second confirmed superdelegate.

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