Yesterday, the Texas state Republican Party Executive Committee sent out an interesting warning — if Mitt Romney didn’t show up to debate, they were going to try to give all of their delegates to other presidential candidates.
Now, they almost made that happen.
They want to try and change the Texas primary from proportional delegates to winner take all, a move that would greatly benefit challenger Rick Santorum, and potentially block Romney from winning the nomination prior to the convention. “Weston Martinez, a Santorum supporter and Texas Republican Party official, said Thursday that he has lined up enough support to call the party’s executive committee into an emergency session to consider the change. Martinez said a winner-take-all format could rescue the Texas primary from potential irrelevancy after delays caused by redistricting lawsuits pushed the election to May 29. By then, 43 other state contests would be decided, raising the uncomfortable possibility that the race for the Republican nomination will be over before Texas votes.”
The plan seems to be gaining support with others in the state party, too. Of course, they support Santorum as well. “David Bellow, a Santorum supporter from Lumberton, says he has commitments from enough members to force a vote by the party hierarchy to make the change. He said delivering all 152 delegates available in the May 29 Texas GOP primary to the overall winner would make the state a rich prize in the presidential sweepstakes. ‘We’re the biggest Republican state in the nation. We want to get a chance to be on the national stage, and the only way Texas is going to have a big voice is put all our delegates behind one candidate,’ Bellow said.”
It would also help increase voter turnout, they argue. A turnout expected to be at a record low already since the primary was moved to the day after Memorial Day.
But the pan can’t happen without the blessing of the national party, and they say no way. “A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Texas would need — but not receive — a waiver from the national party to change its primary. ‘There is no basis for a waiver. Texas will remain a proportional state,’ spokesman Sean Spicer said via Twitter.”
The national party sees no benefit in allowing an act that could potentially endanger Romney as candidate. But do they really want to anger the largest Republican state in the country?
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