Christie, Paul again fall short in delegate slates
Posted: 11:47 pm Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
From Las Vegas, Nevada
While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) were trying to boost their fortunes at this week’s Republican debate, their political organizations were again falling short in the work to submit full delegate slates for GOP primary contests in 2016, this time in a state that is often key to the election for President.
“Chris Christie fails to file full delegate slate in Ohio,” read the headline in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, as Christie was able to qualify for no more than 35 of a possible 48 delegates in the Buckeye State.
Rand Paul’s delegate numbers were actually worse, as Paul managed to cobble together a slate of 34 delegates.
The Dayton Daily News reported that full slates of delegates were filed in Ohio by Gov. John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, but not by Christie, Paul, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Lindsey Graham.
The delegate shortfall in Ohio for Christie and Paul was not a one time event, as both GOP candidates failed earlier this month in Tennessee to put together a full slate, while the top contenders in the Republican race did that easily.