PPP, District Meetings & State Convention

PPP, District Meetings & State Convention

Do you want to be involved in helping Republicans select their next Presidential Candidate?

You can have that opportunity when the AK Republican Party holds their Presidential Preference Poll on March 1, 2016.  Alaska will be just one state holding these elections on that date.

The Republican presidential nominee is chosen through a series of state caucuses, primaries and straw polls that take place across the country beginning in Iowa on February 1, and continuing for several months until the Republican National Convention in mid-July.

The Alaska Presidential Preference Poll takes place on “Super Tuesday” — March 1. Candidates who receive at least 13% of the PPP vote will be awarded Alaska delegate votes through a mathematically proportional system detailed in our party rules.

Currently, Alaska Republicans have seven candidates to choose from: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Donald Trump have qualified to be included in our PPP.  These candidates are on the ballot because they collected the required number of signatures and paid the entry fee.

The Presidential Preference Poll works by Republicans going to their locally run district balloting locations from 3 to 8 pm on March 1.  Registered Republicans cast their ballots, the ballots are counted and the results are announced within hours.

After the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll, district meetings are held, with each district choosing delegates to the state convention, to be held April 28-30 in Fairbanks.

Nearly 550 delegates from across the state will be represented at the state convention. From those, 28 delegates and 25 alternates will be chosen to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18- 21. The National Convention is expensive and one needs to research the cost before obligating themselves to attend.

At the national convention, delegates will be bound for the first two ballots by the results of that March 1 Presidential Preference Poll. State party rules govern how delegates become unbound should three or more ballots become necessary for a candidate to achieve a majority and become the Republican nominee.

The AK PPP takes many volunteers to be successful.  Please contact your district chair on how you might help.

Why does Alaska, with so few residents, have so many delegates to the national convention? Alaska’s 28 delegates are more than New Hampshire’s 25, are equal to Oregon’s allotment and are just shy of Iowa’s 30 delegates. It’s because of the strength of our Republican base here in Alaska. With three GOP representatives in Congress, and with majorities in the state House and Senate, Alaska is considered a powerhouse Republican state.

For more information on the location for your PPP and district meetings go to: alaskagop.org

Alaska Republican Part State Convention

The state convention will be held April 28-30, 2016 in Fairbanks.  The cost of the state convention is $285 plus lodging and transportation to Fairbanks.

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