Entries in Delegates (24)


When It Comes to Delegates, Presidential Race Is Just Beginning

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After five voting contests, 143 delegates have been awarded and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney currently holds a comfortable lead with 85 projected delegates. Newt Gingrich is in a relatively distant second place, with 29 projected delegates -- 56 delegates behind Romney. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul round it out with 16 and 9 projected delegates, respectively.

On Tuesday Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri will hold voting contests. A total of 76 delegates are up for grabs in those states. Missouri will not be awarding any delegates until its March 17 contest. Those delegates will be awarded proportionally, so it is likely that each candidate will receive a share.

Romney is expected to win or at least do very well in two of those states. He won Colorado in 2008 with 60 percent of the vote, and in Minnesota he has had the backing of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty for several months. However, both of the states have strong conservative leanings and Rick Santorum has been campaigning hard in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.

The next state on the calendar after Tuesday’s contests is Maine, which will end its week of caucusing on February 11 and award 24 delegates on a proportional basis. Romney also won Maine in 2008, but Ron Paul performed strongly, and he has a large following in the fiercely independent state.

Some 202 delegates will be doled out over the next month before Super Tuesday on March 6.

If Romney loses any of the aforementioned states, with the exception of Missouri, he’ll still be awarded some delegates. However, his lead would narrow, and leave him increasingly vulnerable heading into Super Tuesday.

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Rick Santorum Fails to Qualify for Indiana Ballot

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Rick Santorum did not fulfill the requirements to make the ballot in Indiana, the Indiana Republican Party announced Friday.

The primary is not scheduled until May 8.

Candidates needed 500 verified signatures from each of the nine congressional districts in the state.

The Indiana GOP told ABC News that Santorum fell short in the seventh congressional district, where the state capitol and largest city, Indianapolis, is located.

The state does not allow write-in candidates, but Santorum told reporters Friday in Fulton, Mo., that the campaign is challenging the decision. He blamed falling short of the signature requirement on re-districting and signatures that were disqualified. The former Pennsylvania senator said he’s confident he will end up on the ballot.

“From our perspective -- and they invalidated a whole bunch of signatures -- we’re going to review,” Santorum said. “We’re only 24 short. They invalidated 200 that they said were not good because of ditto marks, things like that. We’re going to go back and look. We have to make up 24 signatures and I think the fundamental issue is you can’t have petitions circulated and have one district be one thing and then half way through have the district change and not count the signatures that were given at the time that they were in fact in that district. So we’ve got some very credible, I’m sure solid, legal challenges, and I have no doubt that we’ll be on the ballot there.”

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all made it on to the Indiana ballot.

Santorum has consistently said that he will continue to stay in the race for the long haul and collect delegates up until the convention, but this marks the second state where he won’t be on the ballot and, therefore, not eligible to collect delegates.

He also did not qualify for the ballot in Virginia where there are 49 delegates at stake (only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified). In Indiana there are 46 delegates at stake.

Both Virginia and Indiana are states where delegates are allocated proportionally, as opposed to “winner takes all,” meaning these are states Santorum could ride out of with delegates despite not claiming victory.

Just last month in South Carolina, Santorum told reporters how important it was to get on the ballot in every state, pointing out that despite having a “campaign that was surviving on oxygen through a swizzle stick” they made getting on ballots a priority.

“We actually made the decision in December while we were sitting at two and three percent in the polls, in the national polls, not to put money in Iowa and actually to put money to getting on state ballots -- in December when people were saying you need to get on TV, if you don’t do well in Iowa you aren’t even going to get on these states, and we always believed in that, so I think you have to look at, given the resources we had, it’s amazing the states that we are on,” Santorum said. “And I think it shows a hopefulness and an optimism that our campaign always believed when every reporter was asking us, ‘Why are you in this race?’ We were putting $5- and $10,000, which was a ton of money for us back in December, [into] Oklahoma, Louisiana and places like that, so it’s really paid off for us.”

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Newt Gingrich to Challenge Florida GOP for Proportional Delegates

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is preparing to challenge the Republican Party of Florida after losing the Republican presidential primary there to Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

The “winner-take-all” state had 50 delegates, all of which went to Romney, who won the state with 46 percent of the vote. The Republican National Convention voted to make early voting states proportional for the 2012 election. Florida was penalized for keeping the “winner-take-all” status. If Florida allotted proportional delegates, Gingrich would likely have picked up 16 delegates, while Romney would have walked away with 23 delegates, leaving the other 11 delegates to be split among Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

“Florida was held before a certain date,” Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said. “Therefore, we’re asking the state of Florida Republican Party to enforce the existing rule.”

Hammond told reporters Thursday at a campaign stop in Las Vegas that the campaign is mailing a letter to the Republican Party of Florida, asking it to enforce the RNC proportional rule.

Before the letter had even been sent, the Florida RNC Chairman Lenny Curry responded in a statement that the state would not budge.

“Florida was winner-take-all before Election Day, we were winner take all on Election Day, we will remain winner take all,” Curry said. “As Bill McCollum confirmed to Fox News Thursday, had the outcome been different on Tuesday, he would not be seeking publicity for a challenge to the rules adopted by Florida’s Republicans. It is a shame when the loser of a contest agrees to the rules before, then cries foul after losing.”

When Hammond was asked if the campaign would be pursuing challenging the Florida RNC had they won, his response was “probably not.”

Gingrich has one event Friday in Nevada -- a grassroots rally in Las Vegas.

The Gingrich campaign insisted in Florida that it is competing in every state even though the number of public events have been minimal in Nevada so far.

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Delegate Totals: Where Do the Candidates Stand?

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- At the end of the first month of the primary season,  former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a commanding lead where delegate allotment is concerned. Tuesday night’s victory in Florida gave him 50 delegates, bringing his total projected number of delegates to 71.

Candidate (Projected # of Delegates)

  • Romney (71)
  • Gingrich (23)
  • Santorum (13*)
  • Paul (3)
  • Huntsman (2)

A candidate must receive 1,144 delegates in order to clinch the GOP nomination.

*Note that all of Santorum’s 13 delegates, along with 12 of Romney’s 71 delegates, are unbound, and therefore subject to change.

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