Wyoming Caucus Results

Mitt Romney has secured a victory in the Wyoming Republican caucuses. The voting there has not yet been concluded, but thus far the results are as follows, with 12 total delegates up for grabs:

[Update: Final results as of 11:06pm PST]
Mitt Romney: 8
Fred Thompson: 3
Duncan Hunter: 1

Since there are only 12 total and Romney has 8 already, he's won the state.

Wyoming is traditionally more conservative than Iowa and New Hampshire so this gives us more of a glimpse at how conservative voters are leaning right now. It's not entirely unexpected that Romney would do so well. He spent more time in Wyoming than any other candidate, and one can't ignore the fact that Utah is close by and that there are likely more Mormons in the area to cast supporting votes.

One should also keep aware that though Romney is more conservative than some, such as Huckabee, he's not a true conservative in the vein of someone like Reagan. Don't forget that Romney instituted a health care plan that is more or less the Massachusetts version of Hillary-care, and it's been nicknamed Romney-care.

There's also still the ugly business of how the RNC plans to punish states who hold primaries and caucuses prior to February 5. I've not yet figured out why that is, but it's not a good message to be sending to people. The process is about freedom and choice, and punishing states who want to have their votes paid attention to is just plain wrong.
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"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
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Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jan 5, 2008 4:32 pm by Samson in: | 3 comment(s) [Closed]
Hmm, hadn't heard of this Duncan Hunter fellow at all.. it's interesting to see Fred Thompson making a significant stand in a second state, though I'm not so sure that I'm happy to see Mitt Romney grabbing a state for himself.

Who's the RNC and how are they going to punish states that hold their primaries before Feb. 5th? What authority do they hold over the states, or anyone else? (I'd agree about it seeming weird to threaten such a thing, voting should be about choices not restrictions.) :(

RNC = Republican National Committee. They're punishing any state that holds caucuses or primaries before February 5 by cutting their allowed delegates to the convention in half. Wyoming should have been picking 24 of them today instead of 12. They still get 2 more that are picked later in May though, so in total they'll get to seat 14 delegates.

They hold authority over the states because this isn't the general election. Primaries and caucuses are party run events that the party is free to set rules for as they see fit. Iowa and New Hampshire are exempted from punishment because the delegates they pick aren't committed to vote for who they're won by. Nevada's caucus delegates are, so they're going to get screwed as well on January 19. Wyoming's are committed too, which is why they're being slapped. I don't like that idea one bit, but it's what we're stuck with. Personally I'm not sure the net affect will be that big of a deal in the end. It's all politics *egrin*

Duncan Hunter is one of those obscure people who may or may not be a good choice. I don't know enough about him yet - should probably read up on him. The media has paid zero attention to him though so it's unlikely he's going anywhere. I'm also happy to see Thompson making a bit of a showing, but he needs to score a victory. His best shot is in South Carolina, which is coming up on January 19 as well.

Well, I guess if it's their game, they can make their own rules, but it does seem contrary to their own best interests. *shrug*

Wow, they really make it far more complicated than it has to be, don't they?

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