Why Ron Paul Supporters Haven’t Conceded to Mitt Romney
On Tuesday voters in three more states went to the polls to vote in the presidential primary race. The presidential race took a back seat to the Senate election in Indiana and the marriage vote in North Carolina, but despite what news outlets may tell you, the presidential race still isn’t over.
Last night Mitt Romney picked up the win in all three of these states. The Ron Paul campaign, not even fazed by the results, carries on with its quest of picking up delegates in the various GOP state conventions. Some may be starting to see what’s happening; others still remain clueless.
Take, for example, this map showing the winner of the majority of delegates to the national convention. That’s pretty significant, assuming all of those counts are correct. (The actual delegate count is still a bit of a mystery.)
Some people have told me this doesn’t matter since many of the delegates will have to vote for Romney on the first round of voting at the national convention (because they’re bound to vote according to the official distribution from their state party). If, after the first round, nobody has 1,144 votes, additional rounds of voting will take place, and delegates are free to vote for the candidate of their choice.
On the issue of bound delegates, however, there is some interesting information in this Reality Check segment from Ben Swann. There’s some question as to whether or not the delegates can or will be bound in that first round of voting. Honestly, the whole issue of amending convention rules and changing things like that goes way over my head pretty quickly.
While I may not always fully grasp convention proceedings, my support of Ron Paul is unwavering, and I’ll continue trusting that he knows what he’s doing. That’s why Paul supporters like me haven’t conceded this race to Romney.
It’s worth mentioning though, that the real issue in this campaign has been advancing the cause of liberty. Republican parties at the county, district, and state level are being changed by people who have been awakened by the Paul campaign. This movement – the “Revolution,” if you will – has started, and it won’t end with the GOP convention in Tampa later this year.
Even if Romney does take the GOP nomination, the liberty movement isn’t going anywhere. 2014 is coming. And then 2016. And then 2018. And then 2020. Every election year, there will be an increasingly large number of people demanding freedom. And though Ron Paul won’t be running for office in those elections, people who believe in the message of freedom will be all over the ballots.
We’ll be able to look back and see that the Paul campaigns of 2008 and 2012 were the beginning of a literal revolution in America. That’s the real victory we seek.