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02 March 2012

ABC News Misinterprets Georgia Delegate Selection Rules Ahead of Primary

ABC News demonstrated its ignorance, Thursday, when the media outlet completely misinterpreted the Georgia Republican Party rules governing the selection of delegates to the Republican National Convention.

An article authored by Michael Falcone, with contributing reports from Chris Good, incorrectly states, "Georgia congressional districts are winner take all, so if a candidate wins a district he receives three delegates out of a statewide total of 76."

Georgia Republican Party rules say, however, that a presidential candidate only wins all the congressional district delegates if the candidate receives 50% + 1 of the vote in that specific congressional district. If no candidate receives 50% + 1, then the candidate receiving the most votes receives two delegates and the second-place finisher receives one delegate.

Public opinion polling, ahead of Georgia's Super Tuesday primary, shows that no presidential candidate is approaching the fifty percent mark in any region of the state.

The most recent Georgia poll shows Newt Gingrich leading the field with an average of 38% in all regions; northwest Georgia, south Georgia, and metro Atlanta. It can be assumed that Newt might win 2 delegates in each of Georgia's 14 congressional districts if the actual vote totals mirror the polling results. That would leave fourteen delegates on the table for Romney and Santorum to battle over.