It would seem that a statement of FACTS about the Republican delegate assignments to candidates is in order:
1. On Feb.4, 2012, approximately 33,000 registered Republicans in the state of Nevada attended precinct caucuses to accomplish two separate and distinct missions - to vote in a presidential preference primary, and to elect delegates to the District Conventions held in March. THESE ARE SEPARATE, NON-RELATED ACTIONS.
2. Those attending the caucuses knew the procedures that were clearly-defined and in place prior to participating in the precinct caucuses. That information had been covered in countless local publications and announcements, such as the one I have linked to below.
3. The rules of the state precinct caucuses were that delegates to the National Convention in Tampa in August would become BOUND delegates, and those delegates would be allocated according to the results of the presidential preference portion of the caucus activities.
4, Mitt Romney received 50.0% percent of the approx. 33,000 votes on Feb. 4th and was allocated 14 delegates.
5. Ron Paul received 18.7% of the approx. 33,000 votes on Feb. 4th and was allocated 5 delegates.
6. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich combined to win 31.0% of the popular vote and thus together earned the remaining 9 of Nevada's 28 delegates.
7. Nevada's rules in place at the time of the caucuses state clearly that the delegates of any candidates who withdraw from the race are to be re-allocated to the remaining candidates according to a specified percentage of the vote. The rules resulted in Rommey being allocated 6 of the 9 Santorum/Gingrich votes, and Paul being allocated the remaining 3 delegates - resulting in a final allocation of Romney 20 and Paul 8.
8. The state convention this weekend will select the individuals to serve in the role as delegates to Tampa, meaning 20 of those going to Tampa will be BOUND to vote for Romney, and 8 will be BOUND to vote for Paul.
It's neither complicated nor ambiguous. The rules were in place before the Feb. 4th precinct caucuses, and everyone knew the rules of the selection process.
Ant attempt to change the rules after the process has been properly followed would be treated as a breach at both the state and national party level.
Those are the facts. There are no errors in my summation. For those with no time to follow each state closely, be assured you are now completely informed on the situation in Nevada going into this weekend's state convention. LINK