Thursday, January 12, 2012

Santorum makes a boo-boo in Ohio primary process

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Santorum: a frothy mixture of confusion
  • Santorum: a frothy mixture of confusion

Republicans in three Ohio congressional districts who cast their votes in the March 6 presidential primary for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum may be chagrined to learn they will be throwing their vote away. Santorum’s campaign failed to file a delegate slate for districts 6 (southeastern Ohio), 9 (Toledo), and 13 9the Northeast Ohio district represented by Betty Sutton).

Since voters are actually choosing delegates to the national convention, that means Santorum can’t pick up his proportionate share of delegates, should he garner enough votes in those districts. (Given how heavily Democratic they are, “enough” in districts 9 and 13 probably amounts to about a dozen). And it’s only a handful of votes.

But, as Politico points out,

These nine delegates in Ohio may not be as substantial an obstacle for Santorum as missing an entire state —- like Virginia, where he's not on the ballot at all — will be. But it reinforces the idea that Santorum's campaign isn't organized enough to plan for primaries and deadlines in the long-term.
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On the other hand, if we tried to explain to you the confusing process of delegate allocation in Ohio, you'd probably sympathize with Santorum. — Anastasia Pantsios

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