A link to help keep track of the Georgia race for delegates

Secretary of State Brian Kemp is going out on a limb tonight.

His office will divvy up the statewide Super Tuesday presidential primary vote by congressional district – the first time this has been attempted in real time.

Which means that, by late tonight or early tomorrow, we should have some concrete idea how Georgia’s 76 delegates will be divided among the four GOP presidential candidates.

Here’s the link.

Just to review:

– 34 delegates, including three members of the Republican National Committee, will be distributed proportionately. Any candidate who finishes under 20 percent finishes out of the money.

– But another 42 delegates are divvied up among 14 congressional districts. Three per. If a candidate wins more than 50 percent of the district, he wins all three. Otherwise, the leader gets two, and the second place finisher gets one.

Now, here’s the caveat from Kemp spokesman Matt Carrothers: 143 counties are wholly contained within one of the 14 congressional districts. Sixteen are not. But those 16 are among the largest – including Cobb, Gwinnett, and Fulton counties.

These are also the counties where the competition between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney is likely to be most fierce. Carrothers said these split counties will pose the biggest problem in coming up with accurate, by-district numbers – but that the secretary of state’s office intends to keep at them through the night.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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6 comments Add your comment

Ok I'll play along

March 6th, 2012
5:33 pm

thanks Jim. it will be interesting to see how things play out in the “big three”…cobb, gwinnett and fulton.

Father A. Long

March 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

New is a man of great vision who forgot to get on the ballot in his home state!

Centrist

March 6th, 2012
5:45 pm

Hope it works – although not critical to know for a week. Romney is going to win SOME delegates in Georgia, and the vast majority in the other state combinations.

Georgia simply does not matter because the favorite son and Democrats crossing over to other candidates giving them delegates have no chance of getting the nomination. The media might try to make it a big deal over Georgia to sell advertising and attempt to slow Romney in order to help Obama – but it won’t change the fact that Romney is going to be the GOP nominee.

Beej

March 6th, 2012
6:43 pm

I am SO happy they’re doing this.

ld

March 6th, 2012
7:40 pm

I’d sleep just as well not knowing as knowing tonight; but if the Georgia political “machine” has insomnia anyway…..

newtschmoot

March 6th, 2012
9:09 pm

I still say newtschmoot. Nathan and his statewide machine helped Newt win the higher number of GA delegates, Romney still gets a fair number of our delegates to go with all he’s winning in other states. The scary thing tonight is how well Santorum seems to be doing in other states…… scaaaary!