Ron Paul finished third in the Iowa caucuses on January 3, but his campaign's superior organization elected more delegates to county and district conventions than that of any other presidential candidate. Two weeks ago, Paul supporters won six of 16 elected positions on the Iowa GOP's State Central Committee. On May 5, Paul supporters secured most of Iowa's at-large delegate slots for the Republican National Convention. Details are after the jump.
Craig Robinson posted the list of at-large delegates and alternates chosen by the Iowa GOP's delegate selection committee.
Governor Terry Branstad
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
Margaret Stoldorf - Chair of Montgomery County GOP and Santorum Supporter
Michelle Bullock - Polk County - Contributor to Ron Paul
James Mills - State Central Committee Member for Floyd County Paul Supporter
Steven Anders - Pottawattamie County Director for Ron Paul
Roger Leahy - Jefferson County Ron Paul Coordinator
Mark Hansen - Pottawattamie County Ron Paul Coordinator
Will Johnson - Dubuque County Ron Paul Organizer
Lexy Nuzum - Madison County Ron Paul supporter
Andrea Bie - Allamakee County Ron Paul Supporter
David Fischer - State Central Committee Member and Ron Paul's Iowa Co-Chair
Drew Ivers - State Central Committee Member and Ron Paul's Iowa Chair
Alternate At-Large Delegates
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
State Senator Brad Zaun - Polk County, Bachmann State Chair
Dr. Cody Hoefert - Santorum supporter and Lyon County GOP Chair
Ruth Long - Longtime GOP activist from Union County
Dr. Sam Clovis - Santorum supporter from Plymouth County also a radio show host.
Jeff Jorgensen - Pottawattamie GOP Chair
Lisa Smith - Former State Central Committee Member, close friend to Steve Scheffler and Gopal Krishna.
David Wiederstein - Cass County GOP Chair
Mike Gresham - Fremont County Chair
Jenifer Bowen - Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life
John Bowery - Page County GOP Chair and Ron Paul Supporter
Tracee Knapp - Ringold County
Therese Davis - Former Chair of Guthrie County GOP
To my knowledge, no one on this list endorsed Mitt Romney before the Iowa caucuses. Branstad and Grassley went public with their support for Romney only after he was well on track to win the Republican nomination.
Technically, this isn't the final at-large delegate list for Iowa. The Republican Party of Iowa's state convention will vote on this list in June. Typically, state convention delegates ratify the list prepared by the delegate selection committee.
The current makeup of this slate guarantees Ron Paul 10 of Iowa's 28 delegates. Paul will also be supported by State Chairman A.J. Spiker and National Committeeman Steve Scheffler, which brings his total 12 delegates. Paul only needs to have three delegates elected from the District Nominating Caucuses the night before the state convention to secure a majority of Iowa's delegates. He will easily get the three delegates he needs.
I dislike the Iowa caucus system for various reasons, and one of my biggest gripes is that the county delegates selected at the precinct level don't necessarily reflect the preferences of caucus-goers. The Iowa GOP doesn't have this problem on caucus night, because unlike the Iowa Democratic Party, Republicans report the raw vote totals for each presidential candidate from each precinct.
But now Iowa Republicans are on track to give the majority of the state's RNC delegates to the candidate who finished third among more than 120,000 caucus-goers. That is bound to make the Iowa caucuses look bad and hurt our state's case for remaining first in the presidential selection process.
Iowa's not an isolated case. Paul supporters won 21 out of 24 national delegate positions from Maine over the weekend. Paul finished second to Mitt Romney when the Maine caucuses were held in February.
Paul supporters also won most of the national delegate positions from Nevada over the weekend, although most of Nevada's delegates will be bound to support Romney in the first round of voting at the RNC in Tampa.
What do you think, Bleeding Heartland readers? Should Paul's supporters be congratulated for using party rules and procedures to benefit their candidate? Or are they exposing flaws in the caucus system that will undermine the credibility of Iowa and other states that hold caucuses?