RNC Rule Likely To Keep Gingrich And Paul Off Convention Ballot
One of the rules that will govern how the Republican National Convention is conducted is likely to keep Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul off the ballot, and unable to accomplish much of anything from the floor:
an RNC rule stipulating that candidates seeking the nomination must have won a plurality of votes in at least five states could complicate Gingrich’s already far-fetched strategy. RNC rule No. 40 states:
Nominations(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.
RNC Chairman Reince Preibus issued a stern warning to the candidates to that end this morning on the Daily Rundown.
“It’s an important rule,” he said. “So when these candidates are adding up their delegates or when people out there have a particular issue that they would like to move at the convention, they had better make sure they at least have a plurality of five states to make these things happen.”
Gingrich, of course, has only won two primaries – first, South Carolina, and second, Georgia, the state he had represented in Congress. (Paul finds himself in a similar situation, having won delegates, but no caucuses or primaries.)
There are some was that Gingrich and Paul could get around this rule but it would involve the unlikely prospect of picking up unbound delegates, or if nobody gets the 1,144 needed for a majority of the delegates. All of which raises the question, why are these people still in the race?