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@abulsme Updates from 2012-04-01 (UTC)

  • @okwichu Good! They are still counting ours. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I voted Open Convention Slate. Based on speeches: 21 Paul, 15 Santorum, 1 Romney, 1 Gingrich. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • The Romney was the guy now kicked off slate if there are more rounds. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • This has now been going eight hours. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Romney and Santorum delegates have had meetings in hall. The Paul delegates have not yet. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Someone just said that 2nd largest LD in county is now on 3rd ballot. We are the largest, still waiting on our 1st. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • If the Romney people are disciplined they would all vote for each other and we would be done after one ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • That would result in 100% Romney delegates to the next level. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Would actually require a few undecideds from the first level to vote Romney slate. But that should be easy, right? #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Getting tired. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Make that: I voted Open Convention Slate: 21 Paul, 15 Santorum, 1 Romney, 1 Gingrich, 1 undeclared. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Have results! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 6 candidates elected. 31 eliminated. 33 more spots to fill. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Voting for second ballot starting now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I was not eliminated yet. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 2nd round voted slate except me first. (I was knocked off bottom of slate with only 33 left to vote for.) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • That makes my 2nd ballot: 19 Paul, 13 Santorum, 1 Gingrich. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • While waiting for count on 2nd ballot doing some counting. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Of 152 who ran for next level based on speeches: #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 65 Romney, 29 Paul, 25 Santorum, 23 No Speech, 7 Gingrich, 3 no preference stated. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 6 delegates elected in 1st round all Romney. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Of the 31 ballot lines eliminated on the 1st round: #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 19 did not give speeches, 5 had unnominated themselves before first vote, 4 were eliminated lines, 2 were Romney. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Lesson, if you want to go to next level, make a speech. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 19 of 23 people who made no speech were eliminated in the first round. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Did I mention we are down to 297 people caucusing. Some people left and did not have alternates to replace them. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Under 50% batt again. Have laptop to plug into if I get low before it is done. Which I almost certainly will. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • In 2nd round cands still on ballot: 57 Romney, 29 Paul, 25 Santorum, 7 Gingrich, 4 no speech, 2 no stated pref. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @Mark_Hombre 39. Six for Romney already chosen. 33 slots to vote for on 2nd ballot. Waiting for results now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Likely result at end of this 39 Romney delegates. Just question of which people. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • The way rules work plus the near Romney majority will make it hard for others to squeeze in. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Depends on Romney dels discipline to stick with slate though. Only 6 on 1st ballot indicates discipline not tight. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 2nd round 11 more del selected. 9 Romney, 1 Santorum, 1 Paul. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I was eliminated. :-(. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 54 eliminated. 22 to vote for in 3rd round. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Avuncular of people reported as elongated who had been elected or previously eliminated. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Ouch autocorrect! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • A bunch of people who had already been eliminated or elected were reported as eliminated again. :-/. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Because some people voted for them again anyway. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Voted straight open convention slate for 3rd round. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • So my 22 votes were: 12 Paul, 9 Santorum, 1 Gingrich. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Waiting for 3rd ballot to be counted now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Total dels so far: 15 Romney, 1 Santorum, 1 Paul. 22 left to select. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @PPP4Paul. Romney max now 37 since 2 non-Romneys now elected. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • In 3rd round avail cands: 18 Paul, 17 Sant, 14 Romn, 6 Ging, 2 no speech, 1 no pref stated #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • On that 1 no pref, they may have said and I just missed hearing it. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Ron Paul people now meeting in hall. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Oh! They ordered food for the Paulites! Go Ron Paul! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I took water, cashews and a cookie. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Ah! Food from Republican Women's Group. Not Ron Paul. Food for everybody! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Actually, max Romney may only be 29. Current 15 plus 14 Romney dels left on ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Poor Romney team discipline. Lots of Romney's eliminated by spreading vote too thin. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Batt hit 20%. Now charging from computer. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • In 2nd round 53 eliminated. 33 Romney, 10 Paul, 2 no speech, 1 Gingrich, 1 no pref. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 33 Romney dels eliminated shouldn't have happened if Romney team coordinated and disciplined. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I've been here over 11 hours now. :-/. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Forgot Santo&NS: In 2nd round 55 eliminated. 33 Romney, 10 Paul, 8 Santo, 2 no speech, 2 NS, 1 Gingrich, 1 no pref. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Still waiting on results of 3rd ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Unconfirmed report of shenanigans from guy sitting next to me. #
  • Unconfirmed report of shenanigans from guy sitting next to me. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • He says in other LDs Romney people "infiltrated" Open Caucus Slate by misrepresenting as Paul supporters. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Then Non-Romney supporters voted them in because they were on the slate. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • I have no way to confirm or deny. Have my doubts. Just reporting the rumor. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 3rd ballot results! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • In 3rd round 8 more del elected. 30 eliminated. 28 cand left for 14 spots. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Top 14 win now. 4th ballot is final ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • On 4th went as far as I could on open comb slate. Then filled with Gingrich. Then Santo. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • So my 14 were: 6 Santo, 4 Ging, 4 Paul. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Last 28 cand: 9 Sant, 6 Rom, 6 Ging, 4 Paul, 2 no speech, 1 whose pref I didn't catch (or didn't say). #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • The chair said there were lots of spoiled ballots on the 3rd ballot. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 8 new dels on 3rd ballot were: 7 Romney, 1 Gingrich. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Makes total so far: 22 Romney, 1 Santorum, 1 Gingrich, 1 Paul. 14 to go. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Motion to change rules to elect alternates with plurality, even though could lead to challenge. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Eliminated in 3rd round: 14 Paul, 8 Romney, 8 Santorum. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @usernamenuse motion was made by a Ron Paul campaign coordinator. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Motion fails. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Asked someone else the pref of the 1 person I had left as no pref. he said he had him as a Romney. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • So actual left for 4th round of voting: 9 Santo, 7 Romney, 6 Ging, 4 Paul, 2 no speech. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Starting process of figuring out who wants to run for alternate while waiting for 4th ballot results. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @usernamenuse Yup, not enough left on open conv slate to fill vote either. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • They just finished asking one by one everybody not elected so far if they want to run for alternate. I said yes. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Have results for 4th. Had for awhile but busy with alt stuff. Will report soon. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Voting alternates now. 39. Using slate except me first. :-) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Was hard to find 39 for the alternate ballot. I was one of the last to turn in. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Final 14 dels were: 6 Santorum, 4 Gingrich, 3 Romney, 1 no speech. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • So total dels from LD 44 to state: 25 Romney, 7 Santorum, 5 Gingrich, 1 Paul, 1 no speech. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now waiting for 1st round of alternate voting. There may be 2. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • My 39 votes for alt. First slate, then fill with non-Romneys. 21 Paul, 11 Santorum, 6 no speech, 1 Gingrich. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @usernamenuse Thanks. Still not quite done though. :-) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • The person I borrowed the pen from left without his pen. Thanks for the pen! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now been here more than 13 hours. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • And this after less than four hours sleep last night. Will collapse when I get home. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Anybody reading me for Repub convention stuff, check out http://t.co/m39aSYhz for more election analysis stuff. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt results! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Six of 39 alternates elected on first ballot. All Romney. Second ballot soon. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 66 eligible for final ballot for alternate. 33 to vote for. Top 33 win. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Doing 2nd ballot for alternates now. I was not eliminated! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Finished my voting. One of the last ones again. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • My 33 for 2nd alt ballot: 19 Paul, 9 Santorum, 5 no speech. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Voted slate except myself first. (I would have been on lost anyway.) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Main convention adjourned for lack of quorum. So no votes on platform. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Waiting for results for alternates now. Most people have left. Just two or three dozen people left. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @Mark_Hombre doing this once every four years a real chore. Fun, but primary so much easier! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Past the 14 hour mark now. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • @Mark_Hombre 14 hours since gavel. Was here another 30 or 40 minutes before that getting signed in. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • We are NOT the last caucus! LD1 is still going too, and not as far along as us. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Results for final alts! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • 9 ties though! Draw lots to resolve ties. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alternates are ordered. So ties have to be broken. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Results done! I will count the alternates shortly. Order matters. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • But caucus is done. Auditorium emptying. Will have to count in car or something. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Finding my way out of this high school campus. Fences everywhere. Like a maze. :-) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Now where did I park? Alternate rundown once I get to my car. http://t.co/6d3Wwb1C for more election stuff. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • At my car! Alt rundown momentarily. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • From 1st round of alternate selection Alternates 1-6 were Romney. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • From 2nd and final round of alternate selection: #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 7: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 8-10: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 11: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 12-13: No Speech #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 14: Santorum #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 15: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 16: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 17: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 18: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 19-21: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 22: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 23: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 24: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 25: No Speech #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 26-27: Santorum #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 28: No preference stated (or I missed it) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 29-30: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 31-32: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 33-34: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 35: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 36: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 37: No Speech #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 38: Romney #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Alt 39: Paul #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • All preferences based on the candidate speeches. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • To end the suspense, I was not elected an Alternate to the state convention. Sniff. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Please check out http://t.co/6d3Wwb1C for more election analysis… And other stuff! #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • And thus ends my Snohomish County Tepublican Convention live tweeting. About 16 hours after I started. #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • Goodnight. I am going home. To bed. :-) #wacaucus #snocorc #ld44 #
  • RT @cjoh: Playing the home version of the lottery. Got a whole bunch of dollar bills and I'm just setting them on fire. #
  • Reading – Romney Turns the Tables on Santorum/Paul at North Dakota Republican Convention (Josh Putnam) http://t.co/yCRBhuZJ #
  • MT @BFriedmanDC: 2nd graders who listened to Bush read The Pet Goat on 9/11 will grad HS in May & be able to enlist to fight in Afghanistan. #
  • Reading – ND selects 25 national delegates (Matt, DCW) http://t.co/IntqEVqV #