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The Quick Facts on Florida Delegates and the GOP Convention

On March 15th Donald Trump won the crucial Florida primary with just over 45% of the vote. Yet with 99 delegates to be selected throughout the sunshine state, many voters still have questions regarding the delegate and convention processes. As we approach the republican national convention in July, transparency and clarity concerning the delegate process becomes more important than ever.

Chairman Blaise Ingoglia recently discussed the selection of delegates with Sunshine State News - Here are the key points: 

"Florida has 99 winner-take-all delegates total. That means every one of the 99 are bound to Donald Trump for the first three ballots. But, if it goes to a fourth ballot,  the delegates are unbound and they don't necessarily have to vote for Mr. Trump." 

Of the 99 delegates, three are automatic delegates -- Ingoglia, party chair; Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee; and Peter Feaman, national committeeman from Florida.

The rest of the 96 are tied to Florida's 27 congressional districts. Each congressional district is awarded three delegates and three alternate delegates chosen by the chair, state committeeman and state committeewoman of each county that comprises that congressional district.

As an example, look at CD 12. There are three counties in CD 12, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough. That means the chair, state committee woman and state committee man for each of those counties get to vote on the delegates (9 votes total) that apply to represent that district. And, there is no limit on how many people can apply to become a delegate. Delegate applicants then appear before the district's party leadership and make a short speech on their own behalf. A vote is then taken to choose the three delegates and three alternates.

"It doesn't matter if there are 10 counties within a congressional district or two," Ingoglia explained. "Each congressional district gets three delegates and three alternates."

Alternates attend the convention, just as delegates do, he said. They are seated and part of the convention. They can cheer, carry signs, talk up their candidates -- the only thing they can't do unless they're needed to "sub in" is vote.

When the selection is complete, there are 81 delegates (plus 81 alternates) from the 27 districts. Added to that are the three automatic delegates (Ingoglia, Day and Feaman), bringing the voting total to 84. 

What remains are 15 delegates and 15 alternates chosen as at-large delegates. 

Ingoglia said, "I submit a proposed list of possible at-large delegates to the executive board and that list is voted on by the board and announced to the membership at our quarterly meeting in May." 

To read the full article from sunshine state news click here.