Posted: 4:34 pm Friday, March 18th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
For most people watching the battle for the Republican nomination, this weekend is not on their radar, as there is no primary or caucus voting in any state.
But, if you are serious about getting your candidate ahead in the GOP race, then your team must be organized for the smaller meetings on Saturday that actually are part of the process to elect the delegates who will be at the Republican National Convention this summer.
This weekend, those delegate skirmishes occur in Georgia and Texas – two states that have already voted – and in South Dakota.
@jamiedupree I will be in Pierre South Dakota for delegate selection
— Doug Post (@sipka9699) March 18, 2016
While South Dakota does not have its primary until June 7, this is the second meeting for delegates who want to be at the GOP convention, as Republicans from the Mount Rushmore State will meet in Pierre.
In Georgia, the GOP will meet at the county level statewide, to figure out who will be a delegate in Cleveland.
“But, just because we won the primary election, doesn’t mean our job is finished,” says the notice on the Georgians for Donald Trump page on Facebook, trying to remind people to show up at these meetings.
Georgia uses four different steps to become a delegate – first a Precinct Mass Meeting, then the county conventions, followed by Congressional District Conventions in mid-April, and then the Georgia GOP state convention in June.
In Texas, Saturday’s gatherings are the second step; the Texas GOP state convention in May will formally elect the actual delegates going to Cleveland.
Georgia and Texas are states where Marco Rubio won delegate slots, meaning that the people are elected in those two states to fill those slots could easily switch over to supporting either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump.
Which candidate is better organized? Who has the more committed people on the ground?
Four years ago, Mitt Romney’s forces were embarrassed in several states by Ron Paul forces, who were able to elect more delegates during these local, regional and state meetings.
Cruz and Trump have that same opportunity.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.