JJ videotaped the Hinds County Republican Party convention yesterday at the War Memorial Building in downtown Jackson. 99 delegates selected delegates to attend the state GOP convention in May. The delegates also voted for members to serve on the Hinds County Republican Party executive committee. The delegates were elected at precinct caucuses held that morning. Pete Perry chaired the convention.
The convention elected three delegates from the Third Congressional district to attend the state convention. The three delegates are Ashby Foote, Pete Perry, and Austin Barbour. The vote was 71-28 for the slate of nominations. Those interested in standing for election as a delegate had to submit a declaration of intent to the party nominations committee. The convention also voted 68-31 to accept a slate of delegates from the Second Congressional District.
Mr. Perry also told the delegates that only presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will receive delegates in Mississippi as they were the only candidates who received more than 15% of the vote. He said that rule 8 mandates that delegates are bound to the candidate until released by the candidate. (5:00 in Video I)