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Shifting Primary Schedule Intended to Make GOP Candidate in 2016 Stronger

Convention will also be bumped up to allow candidate more time to spend general election funds.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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January 24, 2014 - 12:54 pm
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During the 2012 convention, the committee voted to award just 12 delegates to any states that tried to hold early primaries or caucuses to dissuade them from attempting to move up the date.

Under the new rules, states with 30 delegates or more would be cut down to nine delegates plus the RNC’s committee members from that state. States with 29 or fewer total delegates would get six delegates plus the committee members.

The third rule requires state parties to pick their delegates no later than 45 days before the convention, 10 days earlier than current rules. This is meant to encourage states to wrap up early and complete the delegate selection process by mid-May.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wants the party’s 2016 convention to happen between June 27 and July 18. The official date will be announced this spring, and the location will be selected at a summer meeting.

Possible convention sites include Phoenix, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Columbus, and Denver.

The earlier date would allow the Republican Party’s presidential candidate more time to spend funds reserved for the general election. Romney’s presidential campaign was cash-strapped after the long fight to win the Republican nomination and election rules prevented his campaign from opening its general election war chest until after the party’s convention in August.

Not all members of the rules committee were happy with the changes, though.

Morton Blackwell, a national committeeman from Virginia, vociferously complained that compressing the calendar would not allow a dark horse candidate to build momentum for a potential upset against a better-funded, establishment candidate.

The RNC’s full governing body adopted the rules on a near-unanimous 153-9 vote Friday at the committee’s winter meeting, which runs through Saturday in Washington.

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Rodrigo is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.

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"Romney’s presidential campaign was cash-strapped after the long fight to win the Republican nomination and election rules prevented his campaign from opening its general election war chest until after the party’s convention in August."

And that is most likely what this is all about: Making sure the establishment's statist golden boy of the week doesn't have to face a serious challenge from an actual constitutionalist. Go ahead rnc. Give us another McRomney. I dare ya.
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BS

This is intended to minimize debate between opponents. Notice the carve out states never change. It's always the states most likely to select a Progressive candidate over a Constitutionalist. The Republican primary process is a sham.
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Sure, new rules to "help" the "establishment" Republicans. I quit the party after they changed the last convention's rules on the fly in order to strip Ron Paul's fairly won delegates. And they say that the Democrats "play dirty?" I've "obeyed" for over 30 years sending money and voting for a bunch of unelectable second string insiders who ended up helping the Democrats ruin the country - never again.
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In 2008, Obama and Clinton fought tooth and nail through all 57 states. Republicans were thrilled. They believed that Obama would be exhausted and out of cash after he won the nomination and Clinton supporters would refuse to support him.

In fact, being forced to compete in all 57 states helped Obama. After the primaries he had organizations on the ground in all 57 states. Of course Clinton supporters supported him because Sarah Palin was no Hillary Clinton.

Republicans have always favored a coronation instead of a fight in the primaries. Competing in all 50 states wouldn't have helped Romney because he had no ground game at all. He merely poured money into ad buys. Rick Santorum had a ground game which is why he surprised the "experts" time and time again before he had to withdraw because he had no money.

If the GOP used a lengthy primary process to build an army of volunteers and offices it would help them on election day more than ORCA did. If they insist on a coronation and a stealth primary strategy, say hello to President Warren in 2016.
38 weeks ago
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As I see it, the only reason to register as a party member is to have a say in the primaries. Take this away, why should I stay?
38 weeks ago
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"Romney’s presidential campaign was cash-strapped after the long fight to win the Republican nomination and election rules prevented his campaign from opening its general election war chest until after the party’s convention in August."

And that is most likely what this is all about: Making sure the establishment's statist golden boy of the week doesn't have to face a serious challenge from an actual constitutionalist. Go ahead rnc. Give us another McRomney. I dare ya.
38 weeks ago
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You would prefer that the nominee - who has to run against both the Democrat nominee and the media - be crippled? Even someone with the managerial expertise of Romney couldn't organize in 2 months a winning campaign against an opponent who had been organizing for 4 years.
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Romney lost because he was a liberal Northeastern statist. It wouldn't have mattered if he had six months to prepare. In fact it probably would have been an even bigger a$$ kicking if more people had had more time to get to "know" him.
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The problem with the penalties has always been that once the nomination is eventually settled, the nominee restores those penalized states to their full delegations because he needs them in the general election. Since the nominee controls the convention floor, he can always do this. So the states will continue to leapfrog early since they perceive it increases their influence despite any penalties.

39 weeks ago
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BS

This is intended to minimize debate between opponents. Notice the carve out states never change. It's always the states most likely to select a Progressive candidate over a Constitutionalist. The Republican primary process is a sham.
39 weeks ago
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Nonsense. Iowa and Nevada butted in late, but Iowa is controlled by evangelicals on the GOP side where Nevada is more libertarian. New Hampshire is the traditional first primary, and independent/libertarian minded. South Carolina is one of the most dependably conservative and Republican states in the union.

If the Republicans in these states are who you consider "progressive" it only demonstrates you to be out on the lunatic fringe.
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Evangelicals have not been dependably Constitutional. Mike Huckabee describes himself as an Evangelical.

Libertarians have strong statist tendencies. They will support the Constitution until you hit their pet issue, and then they're excited to use the force of government to enforce their utopian beliefs.

I never called anyone a name, but you closed with ad hominem based on nothing. I'm crazy, because I don't think those groups are Constitutionalists. Got it.
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The only Libertarians I know ARE Constitutionalists, but then again we actually VOTE Libertarian, not with the Right leaning "Republi-crats", who just "say" they are "Libertarian " but vote otherwise.
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No worries, brother. I don't call myself a libertarian. I'm also not "Right leaning", whatever that means.
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