To say Saturday’s Louisiana Republican Party convention in Shreveport was an embarrassment is probably an understatement. Basically, the Ron Paul delegates went into the conventi0n with a majority of the convention delegates and basically controlled the convention. After it was all said and done and the police were called, for all intents and purposes, Ron Paul was stripped of all his delegates he won at the Louisiana Caucus and he failed to win additional delegates as well. I will try to answer what really happened based on information I’ve gleaned from various sources, since I was not there myself.
Some background first. In the Louisiana primaries in March. Ron Paul only received 6% of the vote. Rick Santorum won with 47% and Mitt Romney came in second. But, only half of Louisiana’s delegates are awarded at the primaries. Fast forward to the Louisiana Caucuses one month later, where Ron Paul won 4 out of 6 Congressional districts or 13 delegates. The Louisiana Caucuses also pick the delegates to the Louisiana GOP convention in Shreveport and Ron Paul supporters dominated that portion as well. By now under Louisiana GOP rules, Ron Paul has 14 delegates (caucus wins plus one at large), Rick Santorum has 10 delegates, and Romney has 5 delegates. Then things started to unravel.
Ron Paul campaign started trying to take over the Romney and Santorum delegate slates