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22 April 2012

Georgia GOP Chairman Rebuffed in Attempt to Change RNC Delegate Selection Rules

With the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination all but over (presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney still needs to be nominated at the Republican National Convention in Tampa), Party leaders are starting to write the delegate selection rules for 2016.

One proposal, sponsored by Georgia Republican Party chairman Sue Everhart, would allow a return to winner-take-all delegate selection. In other words, a presidential candidate receiving the most votes in a state would win all the state's National Convention delegates, instead of those state delegates being awarded proportionally.

Everhart's proposal was shot down.

Members of the Republican National Committee considered — and rejected — changes to their presidential nominating process for 2016 after a contest this year that some members say was too long and drawn out.

Sue Everhart, a committee member from Georgia, proposed the change, citing concerns about the length of the competition. She suggested changes that would have allowed states to hold winner-take-all contests in 2016, potentially bringing the contest to a close more quickly.

But several members spoke in opposition to her proposal, saying the current process gives more voters an opportunity to participate in the nomination by creating a lengthier process.

“The thought has been for 20 years to try to create a process which keeps us from having a one-day primary in which you have the man on the white horse winning and then you wake up with buyer’s remorse,” said John Ryder, a committee member from Tennessee.

Shear, Michael D (2012-4-19). R.N.C. Rejects Changes to Nominating Contests for 2016. The Caucus. Retrieved on 2012-4-22.