You states have been very, very naughty.
RNC Chairman Reince Prebius has handed down the official punishment for early caucus and primary states, and Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan, Arizona and South Carolina will all be losing half of their delegates because of the calendar brouhaha, even though Florida was the one who officially started it all.
Via The Hill, Prebius stated, “Iím not going to lock [Florida] out of the convention, but they, by rule, will automatically lose half of their delegates. There is no discretion. There is no coming back. There is no kumbaya thatís going to happen in a few months, and the nominee isnít going to be able to do anything about it. Theyíre going to lose half of their delegates, and thatís a pretty serious penalty.Ē
Still, many think that the order is merely a slap on the wrist, and that by the time the actual voting at the convention comes, the party will be unified behind one candidate, making the punishment meaningless.† “Josh Putnam, a visiting professor at Davidson College and an elections expert, said that the issue was how the penalties would be enforced. In a conversation in September, he speculated that if there was a presumptive nominee by the time the convention rolled around, that person was likely to allow all the states to have their full number of delegates ‘to unify the party behind him.’Ē
If the penalty ends up not affecting the nomination at all, expect the 2016 calendar to be even more frantic and early than 2012.
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