The training and hard work has apparently paid off, as yet two more conventions turn into huge wins for Congressman Ron Paul and his devoted supporters. Both Nevada and Maine saw their conventions become election central for delegates pledging themselves to Paul, despite the fact that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is expected to be the eventual nominee — and despite the Republican voters in the states overwhelmingly picking him as their candidate on caucus day.
Still, delegates belong to the supporters who show up, and at the state conventions, it was Paul’s organized, district caucus delegates who managed to get elected and fight their way to the state convention. On Maine, The Portland Press Herald reports, “Despite pre-emptive efforts by state party Chairman Charlie Webster, Paul’s highly organized volunteers and supporters took over the proceedings at the Augusta Civic Center. Using preprinted ballots and floor generals who flashed large signs reminding backers which candidates to support, the Paul campaign bested supporters of Mitt Romney, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.”
The Main convention was unable to finish much of their business because of the takeover, and it’s unclear at this point how many delegates either candidate won, although the crowd at the convention center seemed evenly divided, according to the Herald.
Nevada wasn’t much different. Despite being forewarned that electing Paul delegates could force the entire state delegation to be blocked from attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. According to the Washington Post, “Thanks to organized Paul supporters, who have been working to increase their candidate’s support at state conventions around the country, 22 of the 25 Nevada delegates up for grabs will be Paul supporters. (Another three are automatic delegates.) Romney took 50 percent of Nevada caucusegoers in February; Paul took 19 percent.”
Will Paul’s supporters be able to block Romney’s nomination? Not likely. But the goal to get him a speaker’s spot at the convention seems well in hand, and being able to block Romney’s endorsement on the first ballot is no longer completely out of reach.
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