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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 29 May 2012
State Convention: Thursday 7 June - Saturday 9 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Romney, Willard "Mitt"1,001,387  69.09%105  67.74%130  83.87%
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"174,207  12.02%18  11.61%20  12.90%
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"115,584   7.97%12   7.74%1   0.65%
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"68,247   4.71%7   4.52% 
Uncommitted60,659   4.18%9   5.81%1   0.65%
Bachmann, Michele M.12,097   0.83%1   0.65%1   0.65%
Huntsman, Jon M., Jr.8,695   0.60% 1   0.65%
Roemer, Charles E. "Buddy", III4,714   0.33% 1   0.65%
Davis, L. John, Jr.3,887   0.27%  
(available) 3   1.94% 
Total1,449,477 100.00%155 100.00%155 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated on 1 March 2012.

Texas Republican Party Rules: GENERAL RULES FOR ALL CONVENTIONS AND MEETINGS - amended by the State Convention meeting in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2012

29 May 2012 primary returns from an official source. Last updated 12 June 2012.

7-9 June 2012 Texas GOP Convention from Republican Party of Texas.


Tuesday 29 May 2012: 152 of Texas's 155 delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders in today's Texas Presidential Primary. [General Rules for All Conventions and Meetings. Rule 38. Section 8. f.]

From the statewide vote, compute the number of delegates each candidate receives by multiplying that candidate's percentage of the statewide vote by the total number (152) of district and at-large delegates.

  • Beginning with the candidate receiving the most votes statewide, round up fractional delegates of 0.51% and above to the next whole number. Round down fractional delegates below 0.51%.
  • Repeat for the next highest vote getter until all 152 delegates are bound.

A Presidential candidate may withdraw from participation in the Presidential Primary ... by filing with the Secretary of the SREC a signed and acknowledged request ... votes cast for that candidate shall be deemed votes for uncommitted [Rule 38 - Section 2.d]

In addition to the ballot listing of the names of the qualifying Presidential candidates, there shall appear at the bottom of such listing ... a place designated "Uncommitted" ... [Rule 38 - Section 3.c]

Estimate as of 30 May 2012 9:23 CDT:
Romney: 992,288 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 104.8 => 105 delegates.
Paul: 171,830 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 18.16 => 18 delegates.
Santorum: 114,560 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 12.1 => 12 delegates.
Gingrich: 67,643 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 7.15 => 7 delegates.
Uncommitted: 61,071 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 6.45 => 6 delegates.
Bachmann: 12,299 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 1.3 => 1 delegates.
Huntsman: 9,501 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 1.0 => 1 delegates.
Roemer: 4,689 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 0.49 => 0 delegates.
Davis: 4,672 votes × 152 / 1,438,553 = 0.49 => 0 delegates.
The computations, due to rounding, leave 3 delegates unallocated.


Thursday 7 June - Saturday 9 June 2012: The Texas Republican State Convention convenes in Fort Worth where the National Convention delegates are elected according to the results of the primary. [General Rules for All Conventions and Meetings. Rule 38. Sections 6, 7, 8, 9]

  • 108 district delegates are elected: 3 from each of the state's 36 congressional districts.
  • 44 at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 34 bonus delegates) are elected.

Delegates are elected by Presidential Preference from the Congressional districts in which their candidate received the highest percentage of the vote, providing the candidate received 20% or more of the vote, until the candidates delegate allotment is fulfilled. Then, the process is repeated for the 2nd highest vote getter. Once all Congressional district delegates are selected, the At-Large delegates are selected.

In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Texas's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.

National Convention delegates are bound for the 1st ballot unless "released from the pledge only in the event of death, withdrawal, or by decision of the candidate" [General Rules for all Conventions and Meetings. Section 10.b.1 and Emergency SREC meeting on 29 February 2012].


HB 318 was filed on 18 November 2010. This bill would move the General Primary and the Presidential Primary from the first Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in February. The runoff primary would move from the second Tuesday in April to the second Tuesday in March. [Sections 41.007(a), (b), and (c).].

On 17 June 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry (Republican) signed SB 100. The bill changes the partisan runoff from the 2nd Tuesday in April to the 4th Tuesday in May to allow time for overseas ballots to be returned. The date of the General and Presidential primaries, the 1st Tuesday in March, is not changed.

16 December 2011: A 3 judge U.S. District Court panel in San Antonio signed into effect an agreement between the Texas Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Texas setting the 2012 General Primary Election for Tuesday 3 April 2012, the County and Senatorial District Conventions for either 14 April or 21 April, and the Runoff Election for 5 June.

15 February 2012: The San Antonio three-judge panel has indicated that the April unified primary election will be postponed and that the new primary date is likely to be 29 May 2012. The new district maps need to be in place sometime between early and mid-March in order to maintain the 29 May 2012 primary date.

The Texas Republican State Convention is set for Thursday 7 June - Saturday 9 June 2012 in Fort Worth. The party plans to allocate the National Convention delegates proportionally according to the statewide vote in the primary. This leaves only a week and a half between the primary and delegate election-- it is unlikely that the vote could be certified in time. The party may need to de-couple the selection of National Convention delegates from the primary election.

1 March 2012: The San Antonio three-judge panel has ordered the state's primaries to be moved from 25 April to 29 May 2012.

National Convention delegates are pledged to support their Presidential candidate on the 1st ballot at the nominating convention (unless the candidate dies, withdraws, or releases his/her delegates), on the 2nd ballot (unless released by the candidate), and on the 3rd ballot (unless released by the candidate or the candidate failed to receive at least 20% of the vote on the second ballot). All delegates are released after the third ballot. [General Rules for All Conventions and Meetings. Rule 38. Section 10. b.]
29 February 2012 Emergency SREC meeting update: The rules are amended to bind the delegates to the RNC National Convention for only the 1st ballot or the death, withdrawal, or decision by the candidate. [General Rules for all Conventions and Meetings. Section 10.a.1].

Additional notes at: SREC Update - Third Quarterly Meeting

21 February 2012 update: TEXAS GOP DRAFT PLAN 2012: TEMPORARY AND EMERGENCY CHANGES TO RULES FOR CONVENTION/DELEGATE SELECTION - The SREC will vote on a final plan on Feb 29th, 2012 at 12pm at the RPT Headquarters in Austin. - Thanks to Matt at DemConWatch for the link.

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