• Texans Seeking to Change Primary Rules for Rick Santorum

    Rick Santorum's primary chances may be a mathematical impossibility, but the free-spirited people of Texas never did take very kindly to mathematics or possibilities

    Weston Martinez, a Santorum supporter and Texas GOP official, told the Austin American-Statesman Thursday he has enough state party executive committee support to call an emergency meeting to change how the state’s 152 delegates are awarded in the primary.

    A change would allow the candidate who wins the primary to claim all of the delegates instead of them being apportioned based on vote percentages.

    If he succeeds, and the RNC does grant a waiver for the change, then Texas could become a make-or-break state for Santorum, who is some distance behind Romney in the chase to collect the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the party's nomination.

    Oh, wow! This could be huge for Santorum, provided he's capable of winning Texas away from Mitt Romney. And how hard can that be, considering the fact that he's only losing to Romney by five percentage points in his home state of Pennsylvania?

    Especially when you you've got people backing you who feel this strongly about your campaign…

    Martinez, who previously backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry's run for president, said he was pushing the change to give the state’s voters a bigger say in the nomination fight.

    "Texans want to be relevant. We’ve been passed by in the process before, and we’re tired of sitting on the sidelines," Martinez told the American-Statesman.

    And the very best part is that all of this is not actually a completely futile effort doomed to failure

    A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Texas would need — but not receive — a waiver from the national party to change its primary.

    "There is no basis for a waiver. Texas will remain a proportional state," spokesman Sean Spicer said via Twitter.

    Rick Santorum 2012: The Is No Basis.

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    Tags: Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Texas

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