February 7, 2012 was Republican Caucus night in Minnesota. The non-binding straw poll was won by Rick Santorum with 21,988 votes. Ron Paul finished second with 13,282 followed by Mitt Romney with 8,240 votes. However, the caucus results are not binding. Minnesota has 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Three of these delegates are unpledged RNC delegates. Twenty-four delegates are decided at eight separate district conventions held throughout Minnesota. The other, 13 delegates are decided at the state Republican convention on May 5th.
The result of the delegate selection from the 8 district conventions, all of which were concluded by yesterday, April 21, 2012 are as follows:
2012 MINNESOTA REPUBLICAN DISTRICT CONVENTIONS
DELEGATE ELECTION RESULTS
Candidate 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th TOTAL
Romney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Santorum 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Paul 2 3 3 3 3 3 1 2 20
Unknown 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
At this juncture, Ron Paul has 20 of 24 of the elected delegates to the Republican national convention. Thirteen more delegates are to be elected at the state convention in two weeks. It is not at all unreasonable for Paul to walk away with 30 or more of Minnesota’s 40 delegates to the National Republican Convention.
An attendee at one of the district conventions tells me that this is a fight for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, a party that has strayed far to the “left” in the past 50 years. The younger folks in the room are Paul supporters, normally 25-40 years of age. The old men in the room represent the Republican establishment, which has been responsible for the excessive government that now burdens us. Unlike their elders, the young Paul supporters are much more “libertarian” in their views; wanting the federal government to stay out of their pocketbooks and out of their bedrooms.
These young Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention aren’t going to accept “business as usual” from Mitt Romney or any establishment Republicans. They’re not going to compromise on their insistence for truly smaller government. If enough of these young folks are elected Republican delegates from other caucus states, we could see a deadlocked Republican convention.
As a “classical liberal” I find it refreshing to see these results from Minnesota. While this story won’t make the main stream media, it could foretell a wonderful new future for the United States of America.
The web site confirmation of this information is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Republican_caucuses,_2012