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26-03-2012, 07:45 AM
Ron Paul supporters dominate St. Louis GOP caucuses.
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BY JOEL CURRIER • jcurrier@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8256 | Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 5:15 pm

ST. LOUIS • Ron Paul's chances of winning the White House may be minimal, but his supporters dominated the Republican caucuses in St. Louis and Jackson County on Saturday.

Paul's backers won all 36 delegates here while taking about two-thirds of delegates in Jackson County.

The St. Louis caucus was relatively orderly and took fewer than two hours in the cafeteria at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. It bore little resemblance to the rancorous gathering in St. Charles on March 17 that was ultimately shut down after an energetic crowd objected to rules and an attempted ban on videotaping. Police also arrested two Paul supporters during that caucus.

The purpose of today's non-binding caucuses was to choose representatives to a round of Congressional district meetings in April and June that will repeat the process to send 52 delegates from Missouri to the August convention in Tampa, Fla.

Paul's supporters cast a majority vote with 158 ballots. The Santorum slate had 74 votes, while Romney's backers mustered 50 votes.

Some 300 people packed the cafeteria at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park for today's caucus. Each caucus is run like a mini-convention, with participants electing a chairman and voting on rules, which determine if delegates are selected individually or in a slate, if they are bound to a particular candidate, or if they move forward uncommitted.

Paul, a Texas Republican with a fierce libertarian streak, has polled low nationally but he has been able to pick up delegates thanks to scattered successes in states, like Missouri, using the caucus system.

Most of Missouri's 142 caucus gatherings were held March 17, but St. Louis and Jackson County, which includes Kansas City, were given special permission to hold them this weekend, so as not to interfere with last week's St. Patrick's Day's events. Official results will not be known until next month.

In some caucuses around Missouri, Paul’s numbers were so commanding that supporters of Romney, the frontrunner for the nomination, sided with Paul to keep delegates from Santorum.

Even so, Paul faced little competition in St. Louis on Saturday, which, as a Democratic city, does not have much sway in the Republican nominating contest. While St. Louis is the second-largest city in the state, delegate allocation is based on the number of Republican votes in the last presidential election — giving St. Louis about the same standing in the caucus process as Franklin County.

Paul's supporters won about two-thirds of Jackson County's 179 delegates. The remaining Jackson County delegates support Romney.

-Jake Wagman of the Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.”

-Mark Twain
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26-03-2012, 11:31 AM (This post was last modified: 28-03-2012 08:07 AM by Logica Humano.)
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I almost feel sorry for Ron Paul when they show his delegate count.

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26-03-2012, 11:34 AM
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(26-03-2012 11:31 AM)Logica Humano Wrote:  I almost feel sorry for Ron Paul when they show is delegate count.





I wish they wouldn't show a delegate count at all. No delegate is automatically awarded via election unless it's a winner take all state. People think delegates are pieces of paper. They are actually people. People who get selected to go to convention by sticking around after the primaries and caucuses. And no campaign sticks around for this process like Paul's.

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26-03-2012, 02:40 PM
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Yah there are a lot of deluded Ron Paul supporters out there. Sort of reminds you of the people obsessed with Ralph Nader back in the day.
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26-03-2012, 02:44 PM
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(26-03-2012 02:40 PM)Antirepublican Wrote:  Yah there are a lot of deluded Ron Paul supporters out there. Sort of reminds you of the people obsessed with Ralph Nader back in the day.




Oh look. Another liberal atheist that thinks he knows everything. The content of the article shows just how not deluded we are.

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26-03-2012, 02:55 PM (This post was last modified: 26-03-2012 03:10 PM by Antirepublican.)
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You said it yourself, he has no shot at winning. His policies are absolutely absurd for the most part. People just gravitate to him, because they are afraid Mitt is too close to being neutral in the political spectrum. Though in today's spectrum, even the center is way off the right anymore.
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26-03-2012, 03:09 PM
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(26-03-2012 02:55 PM)Antirepublican Wrote:  You said it yourself, he has no shot at winning. His policies are absolutely absurd for the most part. People just gravitate to him, because they are afraid Mitt is too close to being neutral in the political spectrum.


I have never said that Ron Paul has no chance at winning.

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26-03-2012, 03:11 PM
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Ok, well the article said it and its a fact, so whatever.
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26-03-2012, 03:31 PM
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If you bothered to educate yourself on how caucuses work or what delegates are you might think otherwise. Ron Paul may not win but it won't be becasue he's unelectable. He's got a hell of a campaign that, if a brokered convention happens, will shoot him past Santorum for delegates and very close to Romney.

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27-03-2012, 06:44 PM
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(26-03-2012 11:34 AM)germanyt Wrote:  
(26-03-2012 11:31 AM)Logica Humano Wrote:  I almost feel sorry for Ron Paul when they show is delegate count.


I wish they wouldn't show a delegate count at all. No delegate is automatically awarded via election unless it's a winner take all state. People think delegates are pieces of paper. They are actually people. People who get selected to go to convention by sticking around after the primaries and caucuses. And no campaign sticks around for this process like Paul's.
People really think that? Who are these people? It isn't even as if it's a made up term that is confusing like Electoral College, it's flat out the word delegate.

Whether the shot chances are slim or not shouldn't diminish his reason to be out there. If Paul or Gingrich had dropped out already, as odd as it seems Mitt probably would have locked up the run to nomination.
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