On Monday night's The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC's liberal politics host examined the strange Republican primaries of Iowa and Minnesota, concluding that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has actually won both states, or at least tied for first place.
"Perhaps the most off-script thing that has happened on the Republican side... Is that I think Ron Paul has just won Iowa," Maddow said, referencing the badly mangled January primary election. "Uh, seriously. This weekend."
Even though former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) was declared the winner, edging out former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) by a mere eight votes, certified vote totals released weeks later upended that.
"They said first there was no way to know who won," Maddow explained. "Then, that the results should be viewed as a tie. Then they said that actually, Rick Santorum had won... [But] after all of that -- after the disastrous vote counting, the disorganization and the chaos, with Romney winning, then Santorum winning -- the Iowa Republican Party chairman resigned."
"Now, 16 weeks after the voting happened and Mitt Romney was declared the winner, and 14 weeks since Rick Santorum was declared the winner, now it appears that Ron Paul is the winner in Iowa," she explained, pointing out that the new Iowa Republican Party chairman is a strong Paul supporter, and that another group of Paul's followers have taken over the party's state central committee.
"Which means, Ron Paul has just locked up at least half of Iowa's delegates," Maddow said. "He will not get less than half. So, Ron Paul either wins Iowa, or he ties for first place."
A similar thing happened in Minnesota, she added -- albeit, without the chaotic returns. "With half of [Minnesota's 40 delegates] locked up, Ron Paul cannot come in worst than first," Maddow said. "And it should be noted, he warned us this was going to happen."
"When the dust settles, I think there's a very good chance we're going to have the maximum amount of delegates coming out of Minnesota," Paul said on Feb. 7.
This video is from MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Monday, April 23, 2012.