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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 15 January 2008
County Conventions: Thursday 7 February 2008
Congressional Caucuses / State Convention: Friday 15 February - Saturday 16 February 2008
Delegate Selection: Winner-Take-All (by district and statewide),
Polling hours 7:00a EST (1200 UTC) / 7:00a CST (1300 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC) / 8:00p CST (0200 UTC). Relatively small portions of this state are in CST and so the vast majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EST, when the networks feel they can project.
Voter Eligibility: Open Primary
30 total delegates - penalty: 50% of 60 [10 base at-large / 45 re: 15 congressional districts / 3 party / 2 bonus]
Reference: REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MICHIGAN RULES FOR SELECTION OF DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES TO THE 2008 REPUBLICAN COUNTY, STATE AND NATIONAL CONVENTIONS. Amended Exhibit A to Policy Committee Unity Resolution dated August 15, 2007
Certified returns from an official source.
Here's how we compute the delegate count ((based on certified returns of the 15 January 2008 primary from an official source):
Sanctioned Hard and Soft Tallies
Unsanctioned Alternative Soft Tally
8 February 2008 update from The blog of the Michigan Republican Party by Saul Anuzis:
In accordance with Rule 19E(2) of the Republican Party of Michigan Rules for Selection of Delegates and Alternates to the 2008 Republican County, State and National Conventions, the 45 delegates that were previously allocated to Governor Romney will now be deemed “uncommitted” delegates and are therefore not bound to support any particular candidate at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Pursuant to the Rules, the Credentials Committee of the Michigan Republican Party will today submit notification to Governor Romney’s campaign informing them of this action. Governor Romney has the right to appeal the Credentials Committee’s determination within five days, but it is our understanding from the Romney campaign that he has no intention to do so.
Accordingly, we are moving Romney's 25 delegates from our soft count (assumes sanctions) and 45 delgates from our alternative count (assumes no sanctions) to an uncommitted status.A 17 February 2008 media report indicates McCain has the support of 36 of the 45 Romney delegates and support of 2 (Chuck Yob and Holly Hughes) of the party leader delegates. These changes are reflected in the Alternative delegate count: McCain 48 = 36 (Romney) + 10 (primary) + 2 (automatic).
A 4 March 2008 report Anuzis will vote for McCain at convention indicates that Senator McCain has the support of automatic delegate and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis. These changes are reflected in the Alternative delegate count: McCain 49 = 36 (Romney) + 10 (primary) + 3 (automatic).
28 August 2088: Huckabee officially released his Michigan delegates.
On 8 November 2007, the RNC made a determination that Michigan's Tuesday 15 January 2008 caucuses violate Republican Party Rule Number 16. The rule states that the process of selecting National Convention Delegates must not begin before Tuesday 5 February 2008. Michigan is sanctioned 50% of their delegation hence, the number of delegates is decreased from 60 to 30. The eliminated positions include the 3 automatic delegates (State Chair, National Committeewoman and National Committeeman).
Based on a unanimous vote of the Michigan Republican State Committee, the Michigan Republican Party will allocate and send its entire delegation of 60 delegates to the national convention.
TheGreenPapers.com will be tracking delegate counts as both "Soft" (here assuming that relevant delegations will remain sanctioned into the National Convention [that is: with half the originally allocated delegates to be seated at the Republican National Convention]) and as "Alternative" (here assuming that the full delegation of an affected jurisdiction- as originally allocated before being sanctioned- is eventually to be seated [that is, at some point before the Convention, sanctions will be lifted]) from now until the Party's National Convention convenes or until no delegation is any longer sanctioned, if this should occur prior to the Convention.
Tuesday 15 January 2008: All 30 (pre-penalty 60) of Michigan's delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Michigan Presidential Primary.
The individual National Convention Delegates and Alternates are selected during the Friday 15 February 2008 Congressional District Caucuses.
Thursday 7 February 2008 - County Conventions.
All county parties are required to hold County Conventions at this date and time. The location is determined by the County Committee.
Friday 15 February - Saturday 16 February 2008: Congressional District Caucuses (15 February) and State Convention (16 February).
District Caucuses will be held Friday night at the Lansing Radisson Hotel and the Lansing Center.
The State Convention will elect the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Michigan's Republican Party. These delegates will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.
The RNC-member delegates are Chairman Saul Anuzis, National Committeewoman Holly Hughes, and National Committeeman Chuck Yob.
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