Ron Paul Delegates Take Over Nevada And Maine Conventions

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 candidateís 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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Huber F.
Huber F4 years ago


Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

I have my opinion (which I'm entitled to) and you have yours (which you are entitled to.
It is my opinion that Ron Paul would make a great President. The best we've had in the last 3 years.
No need for nasty replies.
I feel that he is the only one who can save our country from ruin.
@Beth K. Why do you consider him the worse candidate?
He would be better than anyone else running.
I'd vote for Dick Clark if he was running, he'd actually be the best person.
Even Mickey Mouse would be better than Obummer.

John Kramer
John Kramer5 years ago

I am a Republican from Massachusetts and I voted for Ron Paul on Super Tuesday. He is for legalizing prostitution in my state.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees5 years ago

I for one will not vote for the lesser of the 2 establishment chosen candidates as there is very little difference between the 2. Is there any real difference between the 2 sides of the establishment anymore?
Both sides have voted to take our liberties away. Both have voted for war, big bank bailouts, FED inflation.

Keep up the fight for liberty Ron!

Barbara V.
Barbara V5 years ago

Why sure they're taking over. How else can you destroy a nation?

Harriet Bickel
Harriet Bickel5 years ago

The Republican party is not really just made up of Libetarians, the group the support Paul, common last election you were not republicans, who are you kidding, but made up of a lot of people who will not vote for Paul, that is why the republicans in the primaries have not voted for Paul. Delegats are delegats, and if they switch sides they will loose even more of the party votes, than is already expected. Not all republicans are right wing nuts, and will not support Paul, they may not vote for Obama, actually, they may not come out to vote at all

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

I am not the biggest fan of Ron Paul, but then again he was the only real candidate that spoke out openly against the drone strikes against civilians.

Christeen Anderson
Christeen A5 years ago

Ron Paul should have been our man. The elections are becoming a joke.

Katie W.
Kathryn W5 years ago

Just goes to show you how bad the field of Republicans candidates really was that Ron Paul could get a toehold. That is of course, all it is. And quite frankly, I welcome him making things tough for that fraud, Romney.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Ron Paul - worse candidate ever. But I wish him all the luck in tormenting Romeny.