Poachable Delegates Could Make the GOP Convention Extremely Entertaining

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    Feb 17, 2016 1:56 AM GMT

    ...increasingly plausible possibility of a brokered (or "contested") Republican National Convention this year is that most states only bind delegates to primary or caucus results for a single ballot or so. At that point they become free agents...

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    Feb 17, 2016 2:05 AM GMT
    thanx. fixed.
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    Feb 17, 2016 2:11 AM GMT
    A "superdelegate" or an "unpledged delegate" is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention or Republican National Convention that is seated automatically, based on his or her status as current (Republican and Democratic) or former (Democratic only) party leader or elected official. Other superdelegates are chosen during the primary season. Democratic superdelegates are free to support any candidate for the nomination. This contrasts with convention delegates that are selected based on the party primaries and caucuses in each U.S. state, in which voters choose among candidates for the party's presidential nomination.

    Although "superdelegate" was originally coined and created to describe this type of Democratic delegate, the term has become widely used to describe these delegates in both parties, even though it is not an official term used by either party.

    Bernie and Donald are both in trouble. Super-delegates favor DC insiders. The smoke-filled room still exists.
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    Feb 17, 2016 2:45 AM GMT
    I thought I read somewhere, that article or another, that if there's no clear gop 50% winner then all their "superdelegates" become free agents and that it looks like no one's getting more than about 30%. I may be off on some of that, I've read a lot and not all of it agrees with other things I've read. Also I think I understand that in the GOP, not every state goes by the same rules. So I guess we'll see what it is as it plays out.

    What a very curious election year on both sides and between the two.

    I also read that in the gop they can change procedures during the convention that can effect an outcome but I didn't quite understand what that was all about or how it would be used. Sounded like some tricks up some sleeves.
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    Feb 17, 2016 3:14 AM GMT

    How could that matter at the Republican convention?

    On the first ballot (or in a handful of states beyond that), bound delegates will have to vote for the candidate they are bound to. But if no candidate gets a majority on the first vote, then it gets interesting. Delegates bound to one candidate but aligned with another could then be crucial.
  • KissTheSky

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    Feb 17, 2016 3:25 AM GMT
    I have every confidence that a disputed Republican convention will surely be conducted in a calm, dignified, respectful way, just as the GOP primary campaign has been carried out. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • tj85016

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    Feb 17, 2016 3:54 AM GMT
    probably a lot of money changing hands in all that poaching icon_smile.gif