Oklahoma GOP delegates should be seated, panel rules

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: August 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm •  Published: August 22, 2012

For the second time this month, procedures used to select 25 Oklahoma delegates and 25 alternates to next week's Republican National Convention have been backed by a panel of the national committee.

The Republican National Committee's contest committee issued its findings Tuesday that the Oklahoma GOP delegates and alternates were properly selected during the state Republican convention in May. The findings are similar to what the panel ruled earlier this month; the ruling was appealed by some delegates to the state convention who said convention rules weren't followed and who selected a different slate of delegates.

“The contest committee again ruled in our favor,” Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell said.

The contest committee, meeting in Tampa, Fla., issued its findings Tuesday on the appeal. Its report will be submitted to the Republican National Committee, which will turn it over to the Republican National Convention's credential committee, which should act on the findings Thursday. The GOP national convention begins Monday in Tampa.

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