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  • Some of Mitt Romney's Best Friends Are Remote Islands

    "I think Mitt Romney is in a terrific position to win the nomination, but I'm deeply concerned about his strength among the Pacific Islander demographic," said absolutely nobody, ahead of Saturday's contests in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and tomorrow's primary in American Samoa.

    However, if someone were to have such concerns, they were allayed by Romney's strong performances over the weekend, which offset Rick Santorum's near-sweep of the Kansas caucuses

    The campaign's tally shows Romney taking a total of 38 delegates on Saturday — nine each in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, seven in the Virgin Islands, seven in Kansas and at least six in Wyoming, where the final delegate count has yet to be determined.

    Santorum, according to the Romney camp's numbers, took 33 delegates in Kansas and at least one in Wyoming, but zero in the three U.S. territories, giving the former senator from Pennsylvania a total of 34 delegates for the day.

    Unlike tomorrow's vote in American Samoa, which Mitt Romney is expected to dominate thanks to the island's large LDS population, Romney doesn't have any personal connection to Guam, the Northern Marianas or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other factors did work in his favor. He may not be an islander himself, but some of his friends no doubt own an atoll or two. He sends some of his favorite possessions on island vacations. And no doubt, the palm trees are just the right height.

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    Tags: Guam, Kansas, Mitt Romney, Northern Mariana Islands, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Virgin Islands
  • Ron Paul Wins Virgin Islands Popular Vote

    If there's one thing I've learned from observing the kinds of Americans who tote around copies of Human Action and The Ethics of Liberty, it's that we should never underestimate the popularity of libertarianism among virgins. So I was a little surprised to read the Associated Press report of this weekend's caucus results

    The Republican Party chairman in the U.S. Virgin Islands says Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has won the territory's GOP caucus.

    Chairman Herb Schoenbohm says Romney can count on seven delegates from the Virgin Islands. He already had three superdelegates before Saturday's caucuses and he picked up three more in voting in St. Thomas and St. Croix. After the vote, an uncommitted delegate switched to Romney.

    How did this happen? In addition to participating in a non-binding straw poll, Virgin Islanders vote directly for the delegates who will represent them at the national convention.  According to the Virgin Islands Republican Party, Ron Paul actually received 112 votes out of the 384 popular ballots cast in the caucus, narrowly beating out Mitt Romney's 101 votes, but the Romney camp managed to elect the most delegates. Which nevertheless means Ron Paul "won" the U.S. Virgin Islands in the same sense that Romney won Maine or Newt Gingrich won Georgia or Rick Santorum won Iowa.

    In a video that serves as a "math lesson for the mainstream media," a Paul activist explains the unfairness of setting a double-standard for how caucus results are reported. However, if Paul's supporters think the media is ever going to offer a nuanced presentation of complicated election results, especially when those results present Paul in a favorable light, then they have a serious misunderstanding of how one plank of their platform works: you're supposed to start smoking the ganja after Paul becomes president, not before.

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    Tags: Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul, Virgin Islands