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RNC rules don't require candidates to drop out when they finish last, however, so really anything could happen. In theory, there could be five, ten, fifteen, five million additional ballots before a winner is picked.
While we wait for the results, I wanted to highlight something Marc Ambinder wrote the other day. Under the surface, the RNC chairman's race may be about the 2012 presidential primary calender:Republican rules for the first time give the members of the Republican National Committee, by a 2/3 vote, the option of adopting a mandatory 2012 state primary election calendar.
Of course, the RNC can only go so far imposing a mandatory primary calendar. It's state legislatures that decide when primaries are held. And, many state legislatures these days are controlled by Democrats.
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