It’s getting near that time when delegates will be chosen from South Dakota to go and vote at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.
The hardest part about caucusing this year could be rolling the dice on who to support. In 2008 it was essentially understood that delegates wanting to attend the convention needed to caucus for John McCain.
How do I become a National Convention delegate?
It is a three-part process to become a delegate to the National Convention.
First, there will be a county ?caucus? held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at the county seat in your county. The meetings will be advertised in the legal newspaper in the county so be sure to watch for the location. At that county caucus meeting, you will break up into groups according to what Presidential candidate you support. In your ?Presidential group,? you will elect three people from amongst yourselves to go on to the next levels in the process ? the Regional and Statewide ?Caucus? meetings.
Second will be the Regional Caucus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Casey Tibb?s Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre. At that meeting, you will split up by Presidential candidate you support and then by regions:
1. Minnehaha 2. Davison, Douglas, Hutchinson, Turner, Lincoln, Bon Homme, Yankton, Clay and Union 3. Aurora, Grant, Clark, Codington, Hamlin, Deuel, Kingsbury, Brookings, Sanborn, Miner, Moody, Lake, Hanson, and McCook 4. Jerauld, Roberts, Marshall, Day, Brown, Spink, Beadle, Hand, Hyde, Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, Potter and Walworth 5. Butte, Harding, Perkins, Corson, Ziebach, Dewey, Sully, Hughes, Haakon, Stanley, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Shannon, Bennett, Todd, Tripp, Gregory, Campbell, Buffalo, Brule and Charles Mix 6. Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington
Region 1 (Minnehaha County) will select five delegates and one alternate. Regions 2-5 will select four delegates and four alternates. Region 6 will select five delegates and five alternates. You have to decide at this meeting if you are planning to run as a delegate or an alternate – you can?t switch later. Those people who are elected at the Regional level will advance on to the Statewide Caucus.
Third is the Statewide Caucus at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Casey Tibb?s Rodeo Center in Ft. Pierre. You will split up according to the Presidential candidate that
you support and will select from those people who won at the Regional level 25 delegates and 25 alternates. The names of those people who are elected will go on the June 5 primary ballot under the name of the Presidential candidate they support.
If you are one of the delegates or alternates selected, there is one final hurdle before you get to go to the National Convention ? your candidate has to receive at least 20 percent of the vote in the primary. If more than one Presidential candidate receives over 20 percent of the vote, they will split the number of delegates and alternates going to the National Convention on a proportional basis.
Who will be the candidate(s) that don’t clear 20% in our June primary?