It is only important in that California may be the state that puts Mitt Romney over the 1,144 delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination.
No one cares….
It looked for a while as though it might matter in the Romney-Santorum dust-up. At the moment, however, Romney seems to be cruising. Still, he might need a big win in California to nail down the GOP delegate count prior to the convention. He doesn’t want to go to the convention short of the required number of delegates because that could embolden the ever-growing anybody-but-Mitt crowd to push for a brokered convention. And a smoke-filled room might cough up a different nominee.
All it will mean is tickets to the Disneyworld Infomercial for Mitt Romney known as the Republican National Convention for a couple hundred members of the endangered species known as the California GOP
Why shouldn’t California have as big a say in the selection of the nominee as any other state? Fifteen percent of the population live in California. So let them vote in a way that counts.
What? There is a presidential primary in CA this year? Geez, the pro’s in the business have already moved on to plotting strategy for 2016. You should also ask if anyone cares that Republican’s will choose a nominee to challenge DiFi for the U.S. Senate? That answer will also be a resounding NO.
Outside the political community, nobody has the slightest interest in this. People are concerned with a lot of other things, like the economy.
It matters, but just not in every primary.If you don’t like Iowa and New Hampshire having a disproportionate say in prez. politics year after year, pass a constitutional amendment requiring the state’s primary to be one day before New Hampshire’s.
The state really does decide the nominee because the money for the campaigns comes from California. The state’s traditional role has nothing to do with primary votes and everything to do with money.
If Santorum and Romney are close by June, California is important. If Santorum wins the GOP vote in California, it’s important. But neither is going to happen, which means California won’t be important. Get over it.
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