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29 January 2012

2012 Georgia GOP Delegate Allocation Rules

With absentee and early voting now started across Georgia, now is the time to examine how Republicans allocate the state's Republican National Convention delegates to presidential candidates.

The Peach State has 76 National Convention delegates (42 district-level, 31 at-large, and 3 "super"). All 76 delegates are allocated based on the results of Georgia's presidential preference primary, scheduled for March 6th.

Each of the state's fourteen congressional districts elects three delegates, for a total of 42 district-level delegates. If a presidential candidate receives fifty percent plus one (50% + 1) of the vote in any given congressional district, the candidate wins all three of that district's delegates [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party, 7.3.B(3)]. If no presidential candidate receives 50% + 1, then the candidate receiving the highest number of votes is awarded two delegates, and the second place candidate receives one delegate [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party, 7.3.B(3)].

The 31 at-large and 3 "super" delegates are awarded in a slightly different manner.

First, a presidential candidate must receive at least twenty percent (20%) of the state-wide primary vote to be eligible for at-large delegates [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party, 7.3.B(1)]. The 31 at-large delegates are awarded to the presidential candidates based on the candidates' percentage of the state-wide primary vote [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party, 7.3.B(4)]. For example, if Mitt Romney received 42% of the state-wide primary vote, he would win 13 of the 31 at-large delegates.

The three remaining delegates --the state Republican Party chairman and two Georgia Republican National Committee members-- are awarded to the presidential candidate finishing first in the Georgia presidential preference primary [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party, 7.3.B(4)].