On Tuesday night, Mitt Romney picked up 50 delegates, while Newt Gingrich picked up zero, which seems unfair. Because Newt Gingrich is Newt Gingrich and he wanted some of those delegates. He wanted them, and he is Newt Gingrich. So, you know, this needs to happen.
Or we will all pay…
Newt Gingrich's campaign said Thursday they were requesting the Republican National Committee award delegates from Florida based on a proportion of the vote rather than allocating all of the state's delegates to Mitt Romney, who won Tuesday's primary…
Under RNC rules, Florida was stripped of half its delegates when it moved up its primary date to January 31, early in the nominating calendar. The RNC also stipulates any state holding a primary before April 1 must allocate delegates proportionally, rather than a winner-take-all scenario.
Makes perfect sense, right? Newt Gingrich gets some delegates like he wanted. Everybody wins, right? Totally right! Except actually wrong…
Florida is already in violation of RNC rules because it moved its primary into January. And the RNC, which has already docked Florida half of its delegates for moving its primary up, says it cannot punish a state twice. Therefore, the states that are already in violation of RNC rules for setting their primaries too early (Florida, Arizona and Michigan) were allowed to go winner-take-all.
Okay, Newt doesn't actually get any of those delegates.
But what he does get is the opportunity to spend the next seven months complaining about how persecuted he is for not getting those delegates. So, again, everybody wins!
Except for everybody.
Except for Newt.
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