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August 28th, 2012
 

Romney, Ryan Officially Clinch GOP Nomination

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney officially secured the Republican Party’s presidential nomination during the roll call of the states during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, the secretary of the convention, led the roll call, naming each state and its number of delegates.

Romney garnered 2061 delegates. A minimum of 1,144 is required to secure the nomination. Texas Congressman Ron Paul picked up 167 delegates. 24 delegates abstained, voting for Rick Santorum, or someone else.

22 of Iowa’s 28 RNC delegates voted for Ron Paul. Former state central committee member, and Ron Paul state chairman, Drew Ivers read the votes for the Iowa delegation. Standing just behind him in view of the camera were Paul state co-chair David Fischer and Republican Party of Iowa Executive Director Steve Bierfeldt, who is not a delegate. Bierfeldt was a staffer for the Paul campaign.

There were 22 known Ron Paul supporters amongst the Iowa delegation. Judging from this vote, it would appear RPI Chairman A.J. Spiker, National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and National Commiteewoman Kim Lehman held true to their word to “vote for the nominee”, and cast their votes for Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul had the majority of delegates in three states: Iowa, Minnesota and Nevada. A minimum of five states is required for the candidate to be placed into nomination.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was approved as the vice-presidential nominee via acclamation.

Here is the breakdown of delegate votes from each state:

State-Total Delegates Romney Paul Abstain/Other
Alabama-50   50
Alaska-27   18  9
American Samoa-9    9
Arizona-29   26  3
Arkansas-36   36
California-172 172
Colorado-36   28 8
Connecticut-28   28
Delaware-17   17
D.C.-19   19
Florida-50   50
Georgia-76   72  3 1
Guam-9     9
Hawaii-20   17  3
Idaho-32   32
Illinois-69   69
Indiana-46   46
Iowa-28    6 22
Kansas-40   39 1
Kentucky-45   45
Louisiana-46   32 12 2
Maine-24   14 10
Maryland-37   37
Massachusetts-41   41
Michigan-30   24  4
Minnesota-40     6 33 1
Mississippi-40   40
Missouri-52   45  4 3
Montana-26   26
Nebraska-33   33
Nevada-28     5 17 5
New Hampshire-12     9  2
New Jersey-50   50
New Mexico-23   23
New York-95   95
North Carolina-55   48  7
North Dakota-28   23  5
N. Mariana Isl.-9     9
Ohio-66   66
Oklahoma-43   34  6
Oregon-28   23  4 1
Pennsylvania-72   67  5
Puerto Rico-23   23
Rhode Island-19   15  4
South Carolina-25   24  1
South Dakota-28   28
Tennessee-58   58
Texas-155 130 20 4
Utah-40   40
Vermont-17   13  4
Virginia-49   46  3
Virgin Islands-9     8  1
Washington-43   38  5
West Virginia-31   31
Wisconsin-42   41  1
Wyoming-29   28  1
TOTALS 2061 167 24

 


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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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