Georgia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will be the 4th largest in the nation (if the rules are enforced and Florida’s delegation is cut in half), but what’s better is that we might get a little more of the spotlight now that Texas has decided to push their presidential primary to April 4th rather than holding it on Super Tuesday (March 6th), according to today’s morning jolt from Jim Galloway. Texas has a total of 155 delegates allocated compared to Georgia’s 76.
Perhaps just as important, Virginia has sidelined itself by limiting its ballot to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Other candidates, the state party ruled, didn’t come up with the required and vetted 10,000 signatures. Virginia has only 49 delegates, but its proximity to the District of Columbia would have meant an oversized media focus.
“You don’t have the whole field competing there. I guess Romney and Paul could,” Kemp surmised.
That leaves Georgia and Ohio (66 delegates) as the largest prizes. “If the race continues to Super Tuesday, we’re in a position to be very relevant that day. And that’s what we were hoping for,” the secretary of state said. “We’ll have to see how it plays out.”
I know Romney has won both Iowa (28 delegates…although they’re not bound since the State Convention selects the delegates) and New Hampshire (12 delegates if the rules are enforced and their delegation is cut by half), and he looks to be on his way to win South Carolina (25 delegates again, if the rules are enforced and their delegation is cut by half), but that only makes up 65 delegates so far…again, Georgia has 76 total delegates. Not to mention, more states, including Georgia, have gone to a proportional delegate allocation system, so this primary fight will continue further along than South Carolina.
As Yogi Berra said: “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Georgia’s stock in the GOP presidential nomination race is going up. Early voting begins on Monday, February 13th.