North Carolina and Colorado:
1. North Carolina-has 72 delegates instead of 12 thanks to adopting new rules:
9/28/15, "[NC] State GOP switches to proportional representation; selects new executive director," greensboro.com,
9/28/15, "Latest North Carolina Poll Shows Rand Paul at ZERO – Donald Trump Expanding Lead With 26%…," The Conservative Treehouse, sundance
"The actual poll will not be released until tomorrow. However, Public Policy Polling (PPP) has released some twitter previews of what the poll contains. Now people will understand why the North Carolina Republican Establishment has changed the rules.
The GOPe have rewarded North Carolina for making the decision to use “proportional assignment” for their primary delegates.
The proportional distribution helps Team Jeb, because they are counting on winning delegates with low support numbers. This was always the plan within the GOPe road map.
As you can see Donald Trump has now up-ended this GOPe scheme, and if party bosses don’t immediately change the rules, Trump will dominate the delegate support.
GREENSBORO — The state’s GOP leadership believes it has positioned North Carolina to be a focal point for Republican candidates seeking the 2016 presidential election.
The state Republican Party’s executive committee met at the GOP Headquarters in Greensboro Saturday and decided to divide its delegates for the Republican National Convention by the number of votes presidential candidates receive instead of using a winner-take-all system, often used in states that have primaries shortly before the convention.
When state lawmakers agreed to move the presidential primary to March 15, that gave the state’s Republican Party the ability to decide which method to use.
A.J. Dauod, the Sixth District Republican chairman, said Sunday the Republican National Committee also gave the state party 72 delegates, instead of 12, because of the move. That makes North Carolina the state with the sixth highest number of delegates at the convention. (read more)
[…] While the executive committee debated which method to use, the party’s central committee was meeting elsewhere in the building to select a new executive director for the state’s party. The committee selected Dallas Woodhouse, the former state director for Americans for Prosperity and current president and founder of Carolina Rising. Woodhouse, a native of Raleigh, succeeds Todd Poole, who resigned from the position Aug. 31. (more)
North Carolina – Dallas Woodhouse, former head of AFP’s North Carolina chapter and the Pat McCrory / Thom Tillis-aligned Carolina Rising PAC, was officially hired as executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party. (Sources tell me it was made known to the state party leaders that GOP leaders in DC strongly favored the hiring of Woodhouse.) Carolina Rising took some heat earlier this year for allegedly being involved in push-polling and primary candidate recruitment against key GOP state senate leaders. (more)"
Added: "“What’s important about that is we’ll get a lot of the presidential candidates visiting the state. And having the sixth highest (number of delegates), (candidates will) pump money into the state for advertisements, events and things of that nature,” Daoud said. “It’ll be a big boost to the state’s economy.”"...
2. Colorado-has 37 delegates. "It takes Colorado completely off the map" in the primary season, said Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman." Under new rules, each delegate can remain uncommitted until GOP convention in July 2016. As of 8/25/15, Colorado was the first state to forfeit a role in the early nominating process, making it less likely Republican candidates will campaign in the state:
Colorado commenter re: recent changes in Colorado delegates to help GOP Establishment candidates:
Comment posted at The Conservative Treehouse:
"Prothonotary Warbler says:
My state, Colorado, officially forfeited its delegates recently. The official reason given for this move is that it was in protest of the RNC’s last minute rules changes, but I suspect the move was actually made in support of the GOPe.
Coloradans are pretty independent-minded, and so I think Trump was in good position to win here.
It saddened me, not just because it means my primary vote means nothing, but also because it exposed Steve House, who successfully ousted GOPe tool Ryan Call for chairmanship of the state GOP, as a GOPe tool himself."...
""It takes Colorado completely off the map" in the primary season, said Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman."
8/25/15, "Colorado Republicans cancel presidential vote at 2016 caucus. Move makes Colorado only state to opt out of early nominating process," Denver Post, by John Frank
"It's an odd scenario," said Josh Putnam, a political science lecturer at the University of Georgia who runs a popular blog on the presidential nominating process. "It's not to say the campaigns won't be there....But you won't have a good reflection of support at the caucuses, much less Colorado Republicans as a whole."...
With the change, the only way Colorado Republican delegates would remain relevant is the remote chance that no candidate emerges as a clear winner in the primary contest. In this case, the state's unbound delegates would receive significant attention and may hold the key to victory in a floor fight.
"If there's the potential for a brokered convention in any way, the unaffiliated delegates become extremely important," said Joy Hoffman, the Arapahoe County GOP chairwoman who attended the party meeting. "If there is someone who becomes a front-runner, ... then nobody's important. So I think the view became that if we were not bound, it's not the worse thing that could happen."
8/22/15, "Could Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win Colorado caucuses? History says yes," Denver Post, by Thomas E. Cronin and Robert D. Loevy
Fixed. Colorado GOP caucuses were eliminated.