First thoughts: Well, Hillary won by 10. I guess that means this superdelegate tracking is going to have to continue for a while.
Regarding the GOP delegate races, those results are a little spread out over the interwebs, so will require some time to aggregate. My favored candidate for my district– Jim McHale– did not win, but he did OK. Interestingly, in my district well-known insider Ken Davis, about whom many are less than enthused, was included on the GOP sample ballot as an endorsed delegate at the last second absent any appropriate vote, at least as far as this committeeman is aware.
While Mr. Davis did not win, he did siphon off 1300 votes which affected the ultimate results. There could be an explanation for this, but the most thorough one I’ve heard thus far is there was a “mix-up”, so an endorsement fell upon him by fiat, like manna from heaven. This will require more investigation. A very polite e-mail to the chairman of the Chester County GOP has thus far gone unanswered.
As for the rest of the Commonwealth, I believe there are at least some unendorsed delegates who have been elected, and not all of them are Paul-bearers. As Mr. Drudge says, developing…
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This page has been updated, accounting for all the GOP delegation candidates supporting Ron Paul, according to this link.
Jim McHale, running to be a delegate in the 16th district, got his start as a Paul supporter. Upon witnessing more intimately the bursting inanity of Pennsylvania’s primary system is he decided the right thing to do was to simply reflect the will of his district. He informs me, though, that in order to be designated a “Pennsylvania Patriot for Ron Paul” one has to agree to vote for Dr. Paul at the GOP convention regardless of the will of the district one represents.
I mention this because when I spoke to some of those people they claimed they would try and represent their constituents rather than the interests of Ron Paul. So either they were lying to me, or they are being less than truthful with the Paul campaign.
So unless you hear otherwise from me, the people indicated as Paul supporters on that grid intend to vote for Ron Paul, which is absolutely their prerogative. It is, of course, also incumbent to them to be honest with the voters about their intentions, and I am beginning to have my doubts about their veracity.
Your mileage may vary.
I believe one is only allowed to display yard signs one month or less before an election. Jim McHale is on his game, because shortly after that deadline I spotted one of his signs at the intersection of Routes 113 and 401, which I presume is in the sixth congressional district, which is mostly in Chester County and Berks County.
While I don’t know anything about Mr. McHale, I hereby endorse his candidacy, which is my prerogative as a committeeman. He was not one of the rubber-stamp candidates ‘endorsed’ by the local GOP committee, and that’s good enough for me. As I live in his district, I think I’ll actually be able to vote to send him to the GOP national convention.
Of course, he could be a Paul supporter. Or perhaps he digs on the Huckster. Heck, he could be a Bircher for all I know.
What I do know is that he cares more than the endorsed candidates, for whom I’ve seen no signs. He will also likely be a straw that stirs the drink, and that’s what the GOP needs both here in Pennsylvania and nationally.
(In fact, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is and run him some Google ads off of my account, linked directly to this post. This means if you’re reading this, Jim, you should pop me an e-mail at karlub at yahoo dot com to make sure I’m representing you accurately!)