Santorum supporters seek winner-take-all Tx primary
Fri April 6, 2012 6:49 am

From today’s Statesman:

Trailing badly in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Rick Santorum is banking on a fast-moving effort to change the Texas primary into a winner-take-all affair, sending all 152 eligible delegates to the state’s top vote-getter. Weston Martinez, a Santorum supporter and Texas Republican Party official, said Thursday that he has lined up enough support to call the party’s executive committee into an emergency session to consider the change. Martinez said a winner-take-all format could rescue the Texas primary from potential irrelevancy after delays caused by redistricting lawsuits pushed the election to May 29.

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Uh, guys, maybe you haven’t heard the news, but the entire political universe knows that the race for the Republican presidential nomination is over and Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee. Did you miss the Wisconsin primary, by any chance? It was on CNN. And the Republican National Committee has said that the Texas primary will be proportional, notwithstanding the current effort to change the rules to winner-take-all. As for rescuing the Texas primary from potential irrelevancy, it’s way too late for that. It’s been irrelevant since the courts set the date for May 29. Let’s suppose that the SREC does change the rules and there is a winner-take-all primary, and the RNC says it’s OK, and Santorum wins. Romney would still be assured of being the nominee. If Santorum comes to Texas to campaign, it will be nothing more than an ego trip.

The significance of the story is that it reveals that divisions remain in the Texas Republican Party, and that pockets of resistance to Romney as the GOP nominee still exist.

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