Three states vote today
Three states hold caucus meetings today, Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.
Opinion polls published by Public Policy Polling (PPP) suggest that Mitt Romney has a commanding lead in Colorado. He is on 40% with Rick Santorum on 26%, Newt Gingrich on18% and Ron Paul on 12%.
In Minnesota, Rick Santorum leads on 29%, with Mitt Romney second on 27%, Newt Gingrich 22% and Ron Paul on 19%.
In a memo sent to ‘Political Reporters’ (and published in the Washington Examiner), Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee Communications Director, has reminded reporters that the votes taken today do not select delegates for the individual presidential candidates.
The pertinent section of his memo reads:
‘Colorado is a non-binding precinct caucus. Their 36 delegates will be chosen at district conventions held between March 31 – April 13, 2012, and at the state convention on April 14, 2012. .
Minnesota is a non-binding precinct caucus. Their 40 delegates will be chosen at district conventions held between April 14 – 21, 2012, and at a state convention on May 5, 2012. Delegates are not bound unless the state convention passes a resolution to bind the delegates.
Missouri will hold a primary tomorrow that is not recognized as being a part of any delegate allocation or selection process . A precinct caucus will be held on 3/17/2012 to begin the process of choosing their 52 delegates which will be chosen at district conventions on April 21, 2012, and a state convention on June 2, 2012. Candidates for delegate must state a presidential preference at the time of nomination and will be bound to support that candidate for one ballot at the national convention.’
Nevertheless, all four candidates will be hoping for a good result to show that they are still ahead (Romney), catching up (Gingrich) and still in the race (Paul and Santorum).