Why did the republican party put up a moderate, when conservative republicans have won outright in three previous attempts they were three for three, . Part of the reason is because too many States or Commonwealths have open primaries, which allowed Dem's to vote in the Rep primary Also, I don't like the winner take all in several States or commonwealth. for example, you had a state or commonwealth that had - say 150 delegates at stake with the following results: % Candidate 32 John McCain 21 Fred Thompson 15 Tommy Thompson 11 Tom Tancredo 10 Rudy Giuliani 05 Mike Huckabee 03 Ron Paul 02 Sam Brownback 01 George Pataki 00 Jim Gilmore 100 total Even though 50% of the vote was shared by 4 conservatives, the individual who carried less than 1/3 of the popular vote receives all the delegates. Not good in my book. I prefer proportional representation. I think the Republican party should have a nationwide standard for the 2012 primaries. Thoughts?