By Javier ManjarresNewt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is planning to contest Governor Mitt Romney’s Florida’s ‘winner take all’ primary. Back on September 29, 2011, at the Republican Party of Florida’s Presidency 5 festivities in Orlando, Florida, the Party’s executive committee unanimously adopted Rule 10, and the rule was approved by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which lays out the delegate selection and apportionment.
The result for adopting this rule meant that the state party would concede half of their delegates, in order to be able to move up the primary election, make it a all or nothing delegate count on election night. The Florida legislature, which knew of the RNC’s penalty for moving the primary date, put together a 9 person committee that eventually voted to move the primary date. Once the the penalty was enforced, the state party’s rule 10 was implemented, and the RNC recognized and affirmed the the RPOF’s moving of the primary date.
According to RPOF Spokesman Brian Hughes, the Gingrich campaign knew that it was participating in a winner-take-all primary.
According to the Miami Herald, this issue maybe far from over as “at least one Republican has announced he plans to file a challenge to the state’s delegate system with the Republican National Committee. The challenge could be heard in May. By that time, there’s a chance the nomination will be effectively wrapped up, so it won’t make a difference. But the race is volatile. So this could become a bigger issue.” –Miami Herald
“On September 23, 2011, RPOF’s Executive Board – 38 people including members from around the state, members who serve on the RNC, and members who are affiliated with different campaigns – unanimously passed RPOF Rule 10. Rule 10 determined Florida would be winner take all if the primary date was moved by statute and Florida was penalized by RNC for the move. All campaigns and the RNC have known since then that Florida was winner take all. RNC’s legal counsel has, on numerous occasions, noted their understanding and acceptance of Florida’s rule.”Florida was winner take all before Election Day, we were winner take all on Election Day, we will remain winner take all. As Bill McCollum confirmed to Fox News today, had the outcome been different on Tuesday he would not be seeking publicity for a challenge to the rules adopted by Florida’s Republicans. It is a shame when the loser of a contest agrees to the rules before, then cries foul after losing.”