How Newt could still make it to Tampa

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While party rules may prevent Newt Gingrich from being presented for the Republican presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, ABC News notes that this isn’t as meaningful as some have made it out to be.

“If Gingrich fails to meet the five-state threshold, he won’t be eligible for the nomination when the convention begins. No delegate will be able to nominate him for the nomination, technically, on the convention floor. This rule doesn’t nix Gingrich’s chances, even if he fails to win five states. Effectively, anyone can win the GOP’s nomination in Tampa, without having won or even campaigned in a single state… An RNC official acknowledged that on later rounds of voting, it would  be possible for a motion to be made to nominate a candidate who did not qualify on previous rounds. Essentially, the nomination-for-the-nomination process begins anew. At that point, a new candidate could demonstrate plurality support from five states and qualify.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.