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Friday, March 16, 2012

Why Do Territories Get a Say in the GOP Primary Process?

U.S. territories get to vote in primaries but not general elections. Yeah, that's weird.
Byron York notes that in recent weeks it has been Mitt Romney's wins "in the island territories -- Marianas, Guam, Samoa, Virgin Islands -- that gave Romney the edge in delegates. And on Sunday comes the primary in Puerto Rico. It's possible that if Romney finally reaches the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination, his delegate margin of victory will have come from the islands." "Which leads to the question: Why are places that are not states, whose residents cannot vote for president, and which have no electoral votes allowed to play a potentially critical role in selecting the party's nominee?" Dave Weigel notes a Republican's vote in Samoa was actually worth 4,182 times more than a Republican's vote in Florida.
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Political Wire 

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