A new sense of urgency and dedication has developed among conservatives this year. We will have experienced eight years of the most progressive administration in our lifetime, and for those who now want to swing the pendulum back to the right, the question becomes “What can we do to assure a 2016 victory?” Ohio Conservatives United has the answer.
The 2016 field of presidential will be vast and strong. (Of course I’m talking about the Republican field. Democrats are very welcome to embrace conservatism but unfortunately it seems that 2016 will not be that year.) Candidates on the conservative side seem to include Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Scott Walker and Dr. Ben Carson. The establishment/progressive side of the GOP will be represented as well. With such a large field, the winner of the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire may get barely 20% of the vote. The field will certainly thin by the time we vote in Ohio, but it’s possible that 4-5 strong candidates will still remain where the winner may only need just about 30% of the vote.
Additionally, Ohio has moved it’s primary date from March 8 to March 15. Why is this important? Because those states voting March 8 will get proportionally appointed delegates like Ohio did in 2012 where Mitt Romney got 38% of the vote and 35 delegates and Rick Santorum received 37% of the vote and 21 delegates. Instead in 2016, the first-place finisher of Ohio’s March 15 primary will get to name ALL of our state’s 66 delegates. Second place might as well be tenth place as Ohio will be one of the first of the remaining winner-take-all primary states. (Florida and Illinois are also scheduled to vote that day although the complete primary calendar is still in flux.)
If as conservative voters, we split our vote among three or four remaining conservative candidates, then we may allow the establishment/progressive candidate to win. If you want a conservative candidate to receive ALL of Ohio’s delegates, would you be willing to forgo your personal top choice if conservatives across the state of Ohio were trending toward somebody else?