Morning Mix: Yup, They Messed With Texas

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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Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago

Fred! Sell it back to Mexico! I doubt you could give it to them. Mexice is a little smarter than that. Why not just flush Texas into the gulf of mexico. They say every thing is bigger in texas that goes with # of clueless people that fallow blindly.

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

Ha Ha, Mercedes said it well. And Cleveland brings up the most important point. Bread and Circuses keep us entertained, while the wheeling and dealing goes on behind the scenes.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Don't mess with Texas...Scary Perry has done enough damage.

Erika M.
Erika M5 years ago


Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey5 years ago

This is typical of Texas Repiglicans. If you don't like how the game is going, you steal the ball and change the rulls.

Cleveland S.
Wiebe S5 years ago

Who cares. Our so called 'democracy' is a big circus, meant to give you the impression you have something to say. You really think you have a say? Then why doesn't anything ever really change... for the better I mean?

Fred Urbasek
Past Member 5 years ago

Can we sell it back to Mexico?

Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

Should have said creationist not with a g.

Ed B.
Ed B5 years ago

Ha, ha. The Republicans are all about states' rights--unless they disagree with what the state wants.

Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

Texas stinks, but then what do I know?? , in fact US politics stink of corruption & buying of votes stuff that went out years ago in any decent democracy??
Considering they consider themselves GOD fearing holy greationist Christians?? then why do they practice every corrupt twisted trick in the political book & certainly against the spirit of Jesus???????????