From the Desk of Griffin Kennedy: Primary Tallies and the NRO’s call for Newt to Drop

Photos by Gage Skidmore

StateGingrichPaulRomneySantorum
ME6.70%34.90%39.00%18.10%
CO12.80%11.80%34.90%40.30%
MN10.80%27.10%16.90%44.90%
MO-12.20%25.30%55.20%

The above table shows the specific percentages from last weeks’ primary and caucuses.

There was no Republican Primary or Caucus’s this week. However there has been much talk on to who should continue in the race. The “National Review Online (NRO) [actually called] for Newt to drop out and support Santorum.” The reason that the NRO and other organizations are wanted Newt to drop out is because super Tuesday is coming up, and the Republicans need a more defined receiver of the delegates for the upcoming National Convention. Some have argued that Santorum should be the one to drop out because he had less delegates than Gingrich. After Santorum’s triple victory, Gingrich has 32 delegates to Santorum’s 72 delegates. Nevertheless, nothing in this election is for certain; the only reason the NRO is pressing Gingrich to drop out instead of Santorum is because of perceived public admiration. Not to add to the confusion, but Gingrich has not yet dropped from the race; this is all talk that the NRO is having to make the election process less troublesome.

But what is Super Tuesday? Super Tuesday is simply a Tuesday, usually at the end of February or beginning of March where a plethora of states hold a Primary or Caucus. This year Super Tuesday will be on March 6th – Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia will be participating. Typically the number of delegates won on this day dictate who will receive the GOP nomination.

Romney
Total: 123 delegates

Santorum
Total: 72 delegates

Gingrich
Total: 32 delegates

Paul
Total: 19 delegates

Huntsman
Total: 2 delegates 

This is the perceived delegate count so far in the election (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Some people don’t know exactly how our election process works. Citizens recognize that America’s government is an indirect democracy, but they don’t necessarily know what that means. The way the Republican candidate is decided is through this system:

  1. States hold a primary or a caucus ( In Missouri’s case both)
  2. The winner of that state gets all or the majority of the delegates of that state. (same states have a winner takes all system others break their delegates up by percentage.)
  3. With a rough count of 2,380 delegates, the first candidate to reach 1,191 (50% plus 1) delegates wins the nomination.

Thus deciding who will take the GOP nomination.

Article by Griffin Kennedy
Photos by Gage Skidmore
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