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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Mass Meetings: Saturday 18 February 2012
Primary: Tuesday 6 March 2012
Precinct Mass Meetings / County Conventions: Saturday 10 March 2012
District Conventions: Saturday 14 April 2012
State Convention: Friday 18 May - Saturday 19 May 2012
Delegate Selection: District: Winner-Take-All or top two; Statewide: Proportional,
Polling hours 7:00a EST (1200 UTC) to 7:00p EST (0000 UTC).
Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary
76 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 42 re: 14 congressional districts / 3 party / 21 bonus
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 23 February 2012.
6 March 2012 primary returns from an source.
Saturday 18 February 2012: Precinct Mass Meetings are held to elect delegates to the County Conventions.
These Mass Meetings are for counties with populations over 80,000 and for those with populations under 80,000 and which opt to hold their Mass Meetings in February. [GAGOP Rule 9.2(B)].
Tuesday 6 March 2012: All 76 of Georgia's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders in today's Presidential Primary.
Georgia Code § 21-2-193 requires the Executive Committee of both state parties to submit a list of candidates to appear on the presidential ballot.
Delegates ... to the National Convention shall be elected ... at the respective District Conventions and ... Delegates ... at large shall be elected at the State Convention and shall be bound to vote for the Presidential nominee elected in the Georgia Presidential Primary.... [Rules of the Georgia Republican Party. 7.3 A]
Georgia Code § 21-2-196: "... a delegate or ... shall file a qualification oath ... pledging support ... to the candidate ... for the office of President ... for whom they are selected to support. The oath shall state that the delegate ... affirms to support such candidate until the candidate is either nominated ... or receives less than 35 percent of the votes for nomination ..., or until the candidate releases the delegates.... No delegate shall be required to vote for such candidate after two convention nominating ballots..."
Georgia Code § 21-2-197: "Any delegate to a national convention whose presidential candidate withdraws ... shall be an unpledged delegate ..."
16 March 2012 update from GAGOP.org: Georgia Republican Presidential Preference Primary Delegate Count.
"... the Georgia Republican Party released the official Republican Presidential Delegate count based upon the certified results from the Secretary of State ... : Newt Gingrich 52 Delegates, Mitt Romney 21, Rick Santorum 3 Delegates, Total: 76 Delegates. Of the 52 delegates won by Gingrich, 3 are the Georgia RNC members for whom there are no corresponding alternates under RNC rule. Therefore, the 3 candidates receive alternates as follows: Gingrich 49, Romney 21, Santorum 3.
Saturday 10 March 2012: Precinct Mass Meetings and County Conventions.
Precinct Mass meetings are held to elect delegates to the County Conventions. These Mass Meetings are for counties with a population of 80,000 and under that hold Mass Meetings and County Conventions on the same day.
Saturday 10 March 2012: County Conventions meet to elect Delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.
Saturday 14 April 2012. Congressional District Conventions meet in each Congressional Districts to elect the National Convention District Delegates according to the results of the Presidential Preference Primary.
A replacement CD 13 Convention was called for Tuesday 19 June 2012 for the purpose of electing 3 Delegates and 3 Alternates to the National Convention. The replacement Convention was called after the State Convention overturned the results the original CD 13 convention due to the way that convention was conducted.
Friday 18 May - Saturday 19 May 2012. The State Convention meet to elect 31 At-Large Delegates to National Convention plus the National Commiteeman and National Committeewoman according to the results of the Presidential Preference Primary.
In Presidential Election Years, the State Convention shall elect the National Commiteeman and National Committeewoman and Delegates at Large ... to the Republican National Convention in accordance with Rule 7.3. [Rules 7.1]
On 13 May 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (Republican) signed HB 454. The law moves the Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February to "a date selected by the Secretary of State which shall not be later than the 2nd Tuesday in June .... The Secretary of State shall select such date no later than December 1 ...." (Official Code of GA 21-2-191)
On 28 September 2011, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Political Insider" reports that Georgia's Presidential Primary will be on 6 March 2012.
On 29 September 2011, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced that the Georgia Presidential Primaries will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2012.
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• State Constitution of Georgia|
|• Elections Division of the Secretary of State's Office|
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|• Athens Banner-Herald|
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|• Barnesville Herald-Gazette|
|• Georgia Politics Unfiltered|
|• Gwinnett Daily Post - Lawrenceville|
|• LaGrange Daily News|
|• MainStreetNews.com - Northeast Georgia|
|• NewsLink.org - Georgia|
|• Northwest Georgia News - Rome|
|• PoliticalVine.com - Marietta|
|• Politics1.com - Georgia|
|• Savannah Morning News|
|• The Augusta Chronicle|
|• The Citizen - Fayetteville|
|• The Daily Tribune News - Cartersville|
|• The Times-Herald - Newnan|
|• WAGA TV - FOX - Atlanta|
|• Waycross Journal-Herald|
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|• WXIA TV - NBC - Atlanta|
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