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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
County Caucuses: Tuesday 6 March 2012
Non-binding Primary: Tuesday 15 May 2012 (cancelled)
State Convention: Thursday 21 June - Saturday 23 June 2012
Delegate Selection: Caucus/Convention
Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus
Voter Participation: Party members
32 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 6 re: 2 congressional districts / 3 party / 13 bonus
The delegate selection processes herein was updated [pending] per the Idaho Republican Presidential Nomination Caucus - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Idaho Republican Party Rules Committee – July 5, 2011 and RULES FOR SELECTION OF DELEGATES TO REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION AND THE REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION.
26 February 2012: Candidate list. Thanks to Andrew Watiker for the link.
Only Voters registered as Republican are eligible to participate in the County Caucuses. Voters may register at the caucus. [Rules FAQ 3 & 5.]
On Saturday 16 July 2011, the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee voted to use caucuses, rather than the Tuesday 15 May 2012 Primary, to begin their National Convention Delegate Selection Process. Reference: 19 July 2011: Idaho GOP Adopts Presidential Caucus to be held on Super Tuesday.
Tuesday 6 March 2012: All 32 of Idaho's National Convention delegates are pledged to Presidential contenders based on the vote in today's County Caucuses.
In each county, voting takes place by secret ballot in successive rounds. Voting continues until either a single candidate receives greater than 50% of the vote, or until only 2 candidates remain on the ballot and a final vote is taken. After each round, remove any candidate receiving less than 15% then remove the candidate receiving the fewest votes. [Rules Article V Section 7:]
Add the candidate's shares for all counties and round to the nearest whole number to obtain the number of National Convention Delegates pledged to that candidate. [Rules Article VI Section 5:]
Each county's share of the National Convention Delegates is calculated by multiplying (the county's percentage of County Delegates allocated to the State Convention) by 32 (the number of National Convention Delegates) [Rules Article VI Section 3].
8 March 2012: Idaho Republican Party Announces 2012 Caucus Results
"Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Republican Party announced its Caucus results today, with Mitt Romney declared the winner of the 2012 Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus. By winning over 50% of the counties' proportion of delegates, Mitt Romney will therefore receive all of Idaho's 32 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Across the state, over 44,000 enthusiastic Idaho Republicans made history by participating in the first ever Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus."
"I congratulate Mitt Romney on his victory in the Idaho Republican Party’s first ever Presidential Caucus" stated Chairman Norm Semanko. Semanko continued, "For the first time in many years, Idaho Republicans played a key role in the Republican Presidential nomination process, and we look forward to making Barack Obama a one-term President."
"The county delegate results with 100% of counties reporting are as follows:
Mitt Romney: 24.72 => 25
Total Delegates: 31.98 => 32.
"Due to Article VI, Section 5 of the Rules of the Idaho Republican Party pertaining to Apportionment and Selection of Delegates to the Republican National Convention, once certified, Mitt Romney will receive all of Idaho's 32 delegates."
16 July 2011: Idaho GOP opts for caucus, drops presidential primary from The Spokesman-Review.
1 March 2012: Governor C.L. Butch Otter (Republican) signed H391. The bill abolishes the 2012 Presidential Primary.
Thursday 21 June - Saturday 23 June 2012: The Idaho State Republican Convention convenes in Twin Falls.
No later than 30 days before the State Convention, each Presidential candidate prepares a list of proposed National Convention delegates. 80% of the the National Convention delegates ( 80% of 32 = 25.6 which rounds to 26 delegates ) are selected from this list. 20% ( 20% of 32 = 6.4 which rounds to 6 delegates ) are elected by the Nominations Committee. [Rules Article VI Section 7:]
... Delegates ... shall be obliged on the first ballot taken at the Republican National Convention to vote for the candidate who nominated them, provided any Delegates selected as representing the "uncommitted" choice shall be free to cast their vote for any candidate whose name has been placed in nomination before the Republican National Convention. In the event of death or withdrawal ... or release of Delegates by a candidate prior to the first ballot ... Delegates committed to such a candidate ... become uncommitted [Rule Article VI Sections 8 & 9].
Idaho House Bill 14 (introduced 18 January 2011) and HB 60 (introduced 26 January 2011) changes the state' s Partisan and the Presidential Primaries from the 4th to the 3rd Tuesday in May-- 15 May 2012. HB 60 was signed by Governor Butch Otter on 23 February 2011. Statutory Election Information.
2 March 2011 from Times-News MagicValley.com: District Judge B. Lynn Winmill rules Idaho's open primaries unconstitutional. The GOP can restrict their primaries to Republicans. [Idaho Republican Party v Ysursa, 08-cv-165].
On 13 April 2011, Governor Butch Otter signed House Bill 351. This bill allows a party to decide on whether to hold an open, closed, or modified open primary.
19 January 2012: Election bill HB 391 would abolish the 2012 Presidential primaries (neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will nominate delegates in 2012 by primary). HB 392 abolishes the Presidential primaries and moves the statewide primary for other offices from May to August.
9 February 2012: Idaho House of Representatives passes HB 391 56-12.
|Links Links to other web sites|
|• Idaho Secretary of State Election Division|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Idaho Legislature|
|• The Idaho Republican Party|
|Media & others|
|• Coeur d'Alene Press|
|• Idaho Press-Tribune|
|• Idaho Public Television|
|• KIFI TV - ABC - Idaho Falls|
|• KMVT TV-11 (CBS - Twin Falls)|
|• KTVB TV - NBC - Boise|
|• Moscow-Pullman Daily News|
|• Pocatello Idaho State Journal|
|• Politics1.com - Idaho|
|• South Idaho Press|
|• The Challis Messenger|
|• The Idaho Statesman - Boise|
|• The Lewiston Tribune|
|• The MountainGoat Report|
|• The Times-News - Twin Falls|
|• Wood River Journal - Hailey|
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