Bachmann, Santorum lack committed delegates in Tennessee primary

In this Nov. 9

Authored By James Harrison

When Tennesseans cast their votes in the March 6 presidential primary, White House hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum will not have any committed delegates backing them on the ballot.

The news comes as the candidates prepare for Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, the first electoral event of 2012. The Republican field, which has had a different frontrunner seven times since May, is currently being led by Romney-with Paul and Santorum within reach of a win-according to a recent Des Moines Register poll.

For Tennessee, the list of potential delegates includes more than 150 names, all of whom commit to backing either Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry or Jon Huntsman as the nominee. Gary Johnson and Paul “Buddy” Roemer, the other two candidates whose names will appear on the ballot, are also among those not receiving commitments from any potential delegates.

Tennessee will be represented by 58 total delegates when the Republican National Convention takes place in Tampa, Fla., the week of Aug. 27. Of those seats, 41 are up for grabs when the state votes on March 6, three are automatically tapped from the Tennessee Republican Party leadership and fourteen are elected by the state GOP executive committee.

With 48 backers, Romney is the only candidate who already has enough committed delegates to cover the 41 seats that could be won in the March election. Paul and Gingrich are close, with 35 and 34 committed delegates, respectively.

Perry has 27 committed delegates in Tennessee, including Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Huntsman rounds up the bunch with three commitments, and the remaining 10 potential delegates are uncommitted thus far. 

Updated @ 11:11 a.m. on 01/03/12 to correct a misspelled name.