H/T: Daily Paul
Despite never having won a single primary or caucus, Texas Congressman Ron Paul could either win the GOP presidential nomination or force his hand through a brokered convention, based on a strategy of collecting delegates.
The plan counts on having enough Ron Paul supporters stay around after each state vote has been counted, and official Republican Party business is done. It is at that point that people are chosen to represent the state as delegates for the GOP national convention, scheduled to be held in Tampa Bay, Florida in late August.
In non-binding straw polls like Iowa, Nevada, Minnesota and Colorado, the actual process of selecting delegates for a particular candidate does not start until the District Conventions and State Conventions. Those delegates can go to the national convention and vote for the candidate they want. This is different from primaries, where delegates are locked into voting the way the original popular vote turned out.
To further illustrate how this is being done, a recent press release from the Paul campaign read, “In one precinct in Larimer County [in Colorado], the straw poll vote was 23 for Santorum, 13 for Paul, 5 for Romney, and 2 for Gingrich. There were 13 delegate slots, and Ron Paul got all 13.”
Doug Wead, Senior Adviser to the Ron Paul campaign, has concluded that, because of this strategy, they may have actually won Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada, and maybe even Missouri, despite not winning the votes in those states. National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton expects to control the Maine delegation, even though Mitt Romney won by a mere 194 votes there.
“The only thing that I might add is that there is nothing wrong or deceptive about this,” Wead told Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show. “Anybody can stay. You know, Woody Allen said, ’80-percent of success is showing up,’ well, our people show up.”
Wead added that the delegates are open about their candidate preference, and this is not a “sneak attack” strategy. In fact, Republican officials have been attempting thwart the plan by dismissing the meetings and relocating to secret locations. Wead also claims that a verbal memo was sent down the line in Minnesota, instructing Republicans to not vote for any delegate under age of 40 to prevent Ron Paul supporters from being chosen.
“They don’t dare put it in print,” Wead said.
Wead also alleged that the rules have been changed to favor a Mitt Romney win, even though the candidate has a lot of opposition from conservatives and other groups.
“Florida was moved up because that’s a state that would help him, Nevada and Arizona were moved up because they are states with a large LDS population,” Wead claims. “It was proportional in the South, so that if Romney pulls 20-30 percent [….] he still would get something, he wouldn’t be shut out.”
Wead said that, if the strategy does not work in making Ron Paul the Republican nominee, it would wind up in a brokered convention. Then, the candidate could make a number of demands on the winner, such as an audit of the Federal Reserve.
Romney is the only candidate who has not added that to his campaign platform.
“And with good reason, his money is coming from Goldman-Sachs,” Wead said.