Rand Paul may have suspended his campaign but that hasn’t stopped supporters from voting for the Senator anyways. It should come as no surprise that among those who adamantly refuse to leave Paul’s side is Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky).
Rep. Massie told Reason that he will be joining others on Saturday to cast a vote for the Senator during the upcoming Kentucky presidential caucus. Without Rand Paul, the presidential race has lost its “libertarian voice,” he says. There are simply no other candidates that he can back wholeheartedly.
While there is no chance of Paul gaining the presidential nomination, he could play an important role later on during a brokered convention.
Candidates, even ones that have dropped out of the race, can still gather delegates under their name which can then be used to decide who will eventually receive the party’s final nomination.
Votes for Paul, or any other candidate who dropped out including Rick Santorum or Mike Huckabee, still count, said Walton resident Phyllis Sparks, Boone County caucus chairwoman.
“They may be out of the race, but this is not a winner-take-all election,” Sparks said. “There could be some bargaining going on.” (Cincinnati)
And this is exactly what some Rand Paul supporters are plotting. Every vote counts, right? This tactic hasn’t gone unnoticed by Scott Hofstra, the chairman of the Central Kentucky Tea Party.
“I’ve talked to a number of Rand Paul folks who are going to show up Saturday because his name is going to be on the ballot. They’re going to vote for him anyway, just to see if they can get enough votes to start getting him delegates, and hopefully be able to work something out at the convention in Cleveland,” Hofstra says. (WEKU)
If you’ve given up hope since Paul’s exit from the race, there’s still another way to get him back into the game. Get out there and vote.
“It’s important for us to participate so we can retain that influence within the party,” said a former Paul operative. “If we step out for two years, it’s a bunch of Trumpholes taking over.” (Reason)
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Written by Sadako
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