Saturday, March 31, 2012

GOP feud: Santorum and Paul supporters team up to scuttle Romney

As the irrelevant primary beauty contests continue, the real battle for delegates begins. Everybody will be cutting deals to weaken their opponents. Keeping front runner Romney from getting closer to 1144 is the goal.
Mitt Romney won the straw poll at Washington’s precinct caucuses March 3, but the fight over who will claim the state’s 43 delegates to the Republican national convention is ongoing. The latest twist: Rick Santorum’s campaign is teaming up with Ron Paul supporters in an effort to deny Romney delegates, apparently at the direction of Santorum himself. The strategy has alarmed some top GOP officials who fear it will crack party unity and lead to a nasty scene at the state convention in a couple months. It has also angered some grassroots Santorum supporters. In an email to Santorum supporters Thursday, state volunteer coordinator Graden Neal laid out the plan: “Last night, the Washington State Rick Santorum leadership had a conference call with a special guest, the Senator himself. We were surprised and honored that Rick Santorum himself came on our call to help give us direction. And the Senator didn’t mince words. In order for us to win the nomination in Tampa in August, we must deny Romney delegates to that convention. If the frontrunner, Romney receives 1,144 delegates before the national convention, it is all over for our campaign. That is the reason why the Senator himself directed us to coalition with the Ron Paul delegates to deny Romney any state delegates.”
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