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The RNC is an unicorporated association of individuals governed by the rules of the Republican Party.  The rules are adopted at each National Convention and are in effect until the next Convention.  The existence of each successive RNC is completely dependent upon the rules that were adopted at the preceding National Convention.


The RNC has the authority and the responsibility to conduct the affairs of the Party during the four years between National Conventions.  The Committee operates from a permanent headquarters in Washington D.C.  The RNC strengthens and guides the Republican Party development between National Conventions; encourages and assists the States in building State Republican organizations; formulates National campaign programs that are to be carried out in each State; conducts campaigns to elect Party's nominees and the campaigns of the President and Vice President; conducts fund raising event to support candidates to Federal and State office and organizes and conducts the quadrennial Convention.


The RNC is composed of the National Committeeman, National Committeewoman and State Party Chairman from each of the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa; these officers are the voting members of the RNC.
In addition, the Executive Commmittee and an Executive Council make up a part of the RNC.  The President of the National Federation of Republican Woman has a vote on the Executive Council; she has no vote on the Republican National Committee.  The Chairman and a Co-Chairman of the opposite sex are elected by the RNC members; the Chairman and Co-Chairman are full-time paid employees and have no vote on the Republican National Committee.
The Califoria Delegation to the Republican National Convention is chosen in the presidential primary.  A National Committeeman and a National Committeewoman are elected at the California Republican Party meeting prior to the National Convention.  Those so elected are ratified by the entire National Convention.  Their term of office continues until the next Convention.  Committeeman and Committeewoman posts, by custom, go to one person from the northern and one from the southern part of the State of California.


Where neither the rules adopted by a State Republican Party nor State laws provide a method of election of a Committeeman or Committeewoman, the delegation to the National Convention elects these officers; the officers are then ratified by the National Committee.
These officers represent their States, and individually, serve as representatives of the States and serve as liaison between the State Party and the National Party, advise the Committee on political developments that affect the Party in general and in their States.
They serve on Committees which plan the National Convention, deterine the time and place of the National Convention and advise the Convention concerning delegate contests.  They wield considerable influence in shaping the Rules adopted by the Convention, recommendations relating to certain Federal appointments and the accomplishment of Party objectives and additional areas of responsibility.


Each candidate for the presidency selects a prospective delegation consisting of three from each Congressional District plus a specified number of delegates-at-large statewide.  The number of delegates-at-large is based on previous vote figures.  The same number of alternates and alternates-at-large are chosen.  Presidents of the Federation of Republican Women clubs may serve as delegates to the Convention.
These delegates and alternates file nomination papers with the Secretary of State and petitions are then circulated for the slate of delegates, and signatures of registered Republicans obtained.  The petitions are filed and the name of the candidate to whom the delegates are pledged appears on the ballot.  The voters do not vote for the delegates by name, but for the slate of delegates pledged to the presidential candidate they prefer.  No person can run as a delegate for more than one candidate.
Under California's winner-take-all primary system, the presidential candidate who receives the highest statewide vote wins the entire California delegation.

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