Ron Paul Campaign Files Challenge re: Louisiana Caucus
The campaign of Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul today filed a challenge of the Louisiana Republican Caucus, according to a press release on the candidate's website.
That would make three election contests already in this presidential year that is not yet a month old. Paul's filing follows two challenges to the New Hampshire primary, one by Democrat Dennis Kucinich and one by Republican candidate (in N.H. only) Albert Howard.
According to the Paul campaign,
The Louisiana State GOP changed the rules at the eleventh hour to allow other candidates to file more delegates, even though there were plenty of delegates to compose full slates in each congressional district. At the time of the original January 10 deadline, Ron Paul had the largest number of delegates pledged to him. The party then changed the rules to give other candidates until January 12 to file more delegates.
In addition, due to mistakes by the Louisiana GOP, hundreds of voters were forced to file provisional ballots, including nearly 500 that could change the outcome of the election.
Filing the contest within the 72-hour window keeps the door open to challenge the results "if it appears that delegates were improperly selected," according to the campaign.