RNC memo says Gingrich challenge to Florida delegates unfounded

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Under Republican National Committee rules there is no chance to change how the state allocates delegates at this point, and no one in the state party disagrees with this position, reports Cameron Joseph.

…an RNC memo obtained by The Hill says that (proportional allocation) is not a possible scenario. “With regard to proportionality, the RNC does not have the authority to intervene in a state’s primary plans beyond the imposition of the Rule 16 penalties,” the memo says, referring to the state’s loss of half its delegates for moving its primary up to January. “A contest procedure exists for challenges to a state’s delegation or delegates.  The RNC cannot consider any issue regarding Florida’s delegation unless and until a proper contest is brought.”

Even if there were a way to challenge proportionality for the RNC, no one in the state party has any interest. Lenny Curry, the state GOP chairman, painted Gingrich’s campaign as sore losers for making the argument in a Thursday statement.

The argument is likely moot: Only in the narrowest of races would a handful of delegates matter. But this seems to be a way for Gingrich’s campaign to try to paint the race as a serious delegate fight, and blunt talk that Romney is on his way to the nomination.

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