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I have found this from the Daily Paul about the five district conventions held today in the First, Second, Third, Seventh and Eighth Congressional Districts and the word is surprisingly encouraging:

Submitted by Virginian on Sat, 05/12/2012 – 18:26. Permalink

Looks like we got a good number so far.
Adding to the list below:
CD1: 2/3
CD2: 2/3? (Could be 3/3)
CD3: 3/3
CD7: 0/3
CD8: 1/3
Thats so far 10-11 out of 18 which is over half.

This added to these victories in the other districts:

Submitted by valleyforge on Sat, 05/12/2012 – 19:33. Permalink

April 28
CD4 1/3
CD9 3/3

May 5
CD6 3/3

I contacted the NEW THIRD District GOP CHAIRMAN, J. Christopher Stearns, who confirmed the following numbers (as well as his own election!):

CD 1:  2/3 national delegates, sweep of state central committee (3/3)

CD 2:  2/3 national delegates, another SWEEP of state central committee (3/3)

CD 3:  3/3 national delegates, STILL ANOTHER SWEEP of state central committee!  (3/3)

(Our national curling team could use sweepers like this!)

CD 7:  0/3 national delegates, 0/3 state central.

CD 8:   3/3 national delegates and 3/3 state central.

I have not confirmed the other districts as far as RP delegates or state central but just these numbers will reshape the future of the Grand Ol’ Party in the Old Dominion.  It means libertarians will have a seat at the table with the state party.  I am a delegate to that convention and I plan (Lord willing) to be there for that.  Maybe a live blog…

UPDATE:  The new RP members of state central might get to decide the biggest question of 2013:  How is the fight between Lt. Governor Bolling and Attorney General Cuccinelli (Note:  I have endorsed Cuccinelli) for Governor:  Primary or Convention?  Convention is cheaper but also favors Cuccinelli.  Here’s a Virginian-Pilot article on this question.

The groundwork for that possible shift, which could limit broader access to the nomination process, is being laid now even as a fight for party control builds ahead of a likely gubernatorial matchup between Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Behind it is a roster of Ron Paul loyalists, Cuccinelli supporters, tea partyers and other factions – what one activist called a “perfect storm of odd alliances within the Republican Party.”

They’ve been quietly working to put like-minded people in seats on regional Republican panels that come with votes on the Virginia GOP’s governing body, the State Central Committee.

It is safe to say the staid, steeped in convention (pun intended) Virginia GOP is due for a big change.  I think it is a positive change.  Let’s invite and welcome liberty candidates into the GOP!




About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. I was in the first district, and it should be 2/3. One of them said on the bus, "I was for Ron Paul UNTIL…" and no one caught what she said after that. So she is for Romney. :-

  2. Greg L says:

    The real numbers from the 1st CD for Paul is 1 or 2 national committee delegates of three and maybe one of three state central members. On State Central, Lawson and Albertson are not Ron Paul adherents, although Kile may be, but I'm not sure. Of national delegates, Melendez is certainly a RP type, Lingamfelter is not, and Rothfeld is probably not, although I don't know him.

  3. Pup says:

    You have contradictory info for 8th district national delegates. We got 1 of 3, as you show up top, not 3/3 as you show below. Matt Burrow is our guy, I met him myself. The other two are 1) a naive 17 yr old boy who will vote Romney and a militant "jihadist under your bed" type woman who will vote Romney.

    • franki says:

      Pup, I was there, and your rundown is correct, and I note the contradiction in this article as well. From the slate of 3, only Matthew Burrow was nominated. Evan Draim is the 17y.o. you are refering to and he supports Romney. Have the same impression of the "jihadist under your bed" woman too.


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