With Colorado precinct caucus winner Rick Santorum no longer in the race for the White House, this weekend's Congressional district assemblies and State Convention is now less about the Presidential candidates and more about Colorado Republicans' chance to represent the GOP in Tampa.
Reports The Colorado Observer's Valerie Richardson:
DENVER — With Rick Santorum out of the race, the burning question for the GOP faithful attending this weekend’s Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention is: Now what?
Will Santorum’s legion of Colorado supporters switch to Romney, the all-but-certain nominee, in order to boost their chances of punching their ticket to the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla.?
Will they bounce to Newt Gingrich, viewed by many as the second-best conservative candidate? Or will they form an alliance with the small but intense band of Ron Paul supporters as part of a Paul-for-President slate?
Republican state Sen. Kent Lambert, a pledged Santorum delegate, gave what may be the only correct answer: Who knows?
Readers report that at last night's 7th Congressional district assembly most of the time at the microphone was spent by candidates for the Republican National Convention, rather than candidates for public office. There was an almost complete lack of mention of Presidential candidates by the delegate hopefuls.
Not that it much matters who each delegate supports for President, though it will be interesting to see how well Romney coalesces support and whether Ron Paul's supporters can get some of their own elected.
Ultimately, the race is all-but-over with Romney the last frontrunner standing.
The lack of partisan fights seems like it will be a common theme throughout the weekend's festivities, as there is only one statewide race other than President — CU Regent — and there are very little contested primaries this year. Compared to 2010, this year's nominating assemblies seem likely to be more unity events than divisive fights.
With internal party squabbles mostly set aside for the weekend, it's the rank and file of Colorado Republicans that gets to shine.
Reports The Colorado Observer's Tyler Sandberg:
DENVER — You’ve heard of the iMac, the iPod, and the iPad. Now meet the iGOP.
A slate of young, tech savvy Republicans have bound together to run for Republican National Convention (RNC) delegate slots, calling themselves the iGOP.
The four Republicans — Kelly Maher, Brett Moore, Alexander Hornaday and Jonathan Keyser — have a unique pitch to the voters at the 1st Congressional District Assembly and State Convention in Denver this weekend.
They promise, if elected, to bring the RNC back to Colorado through real-time Facebook and Twitter coverage of the multi-day political extravaganza.
With an eye-popping 800+ candidates for only 12 RNC delegate slots at State Convention we won't even try to guess who is going to come out on top.
That staggering number of GOPers looking for a trip to Tampa is more than double the number that ran for a spot in 2008, demonstrating how fired up the conservative base is in Colorado.
Good luck to all of our readers in the running.
For some tips on how to succeed in nabbing one of the prized tickets to Tampa, check out Lynn Bartels's profile of 2008 delegates in the much-missed (but still archived online) Rocky Mountain News.