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RJ Reporter Misreports on ’08 Nevada GOP Caucus

The LVRJ’s Laura Myers wrote the following in her Political Eye blog on Monday about the February 2008 Nevada presidential caucus:

“As a result of his victory, (Mitt) Romney got 18 delegates instead of all 31 at stake. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona each won four. . . . Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee both won two Nevada delegates. And former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took away one.”

Not true. In fact, not one candidate won one, single delegate to the national convention as a result of the February 2008 presidential caucus. Indeed, that was the prime reason that so few GOP presidential candidates came to Nevada that election cycle.

In fact, delegates to the national convention weren’t actually awarded until the state GOP convention in Reno in April of that year, long after McCain had already sewn up the nomination. Nevertheless, the Ron Paul folks pitched a fit and demanded that Dr. Paul get all of Nevada’s delegates. A veritable fuster-cluck ensued….which we ain’t about to revisit here and now.

In the end, Paul supporters were given a proportion of delegates equal to the 13 percent support he received at the February caucus. Those delegates, by the way, went to the national convention and promptly voted for….John McCain. Pillars of principle that they were.


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