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Romney Won Maine and Nevada, But Paul Delegates Take Over


During the Maine caucuses, presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerged as the victor with 39% of the vote. Ron Paul was in second with 36%. However, those results, although reflecting the will of the voters, are not binding, and the Paul organization has managed to take control of the delegates who will actually cast their ballot for the GOP nominee at the Republican National Convention.

With Mitt Romney's GOP presidential nomination all but decided, Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said. The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory.

In votes leading to the close of the two-day Maine convention, Paul supporters were elected to 21 of the 24 delegate spots from Maine to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. The 24th delegate's seat goes to party Chairman Charles Webster, who has remained uncommitted throughout the process.

Making the Paul takeover complete was the election of Paul supporters to a majority of the state committee seats.

Read the full story at the Associated Press

And even crazier are the results in Nevada where Ron Paul supporters have done the exact same thing as Maine. As noted in the Washington Post, Romney overwhelmingly won the Nevada caucus with 50% of the vote. Ron Paul only garnered 19%.

However, the delegates that represent Nevada at the national convention are firmly in Paul's camp, capturing 22 of the 25 delegate positions.

"The Paul folks couldn't get their people turned out for the caucus," said veteran Nevada political columnist Jon Ralston. "But they outmaneuvered the Nevada Romney people ever since and dominated the county conventions and this is the inevitable result. The question remains: To what end?"

Nevada delegates are bound by the state's results on the first convention ballot, so Romney will still get their support. Paul's Nevada supporters are not challenging that rule, for fear of losing their convention seats altogether. Delegates who abstain will be replaced with alternates.

But some Paul supporters are hoping for a brokered convention, at which they could back Paul on subsequent ballots. Given Romney's massive delegate lead, that's highly unlikely. At the very least, they can vocally cheer for their preferred nominee and pressure the party to give Paul a bigger voice.

A brokered convention? Get real. Like it or not, Romney is the GOP winner. It's time to rally around him and cut out this senseless maneuvering. If Ron Paul had any class, he'd speak out against what is going on.

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  1. cxComment by genesal
    May 7, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    “If Ron Paul had any class, he’d speak out against what is going on.”

    Wherein lies the problem!

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    • cxComment by genesal
      May 7, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

      I always wondered what GOP meant. Now I know.


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  2. Robert WerdenComment by Robert Werden
    May 7, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    The whole purpose of the primary process is to elect delegates to the national convention.
    How many Delegates elected from each state are actually romney supporters? Ron Paul supporters actually show up, Romney sends lawyers.
    Romney does not have the grassroots passion to win the general election. Obama will crush Romney because Obama has the grassroots support. Ron Paul is the only candidate who will add to the GOP voting block. By allowing Romney to get the nomination, the GOP loses to Obama.

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  3. Tom AlciereComment by Tom Alciere
    May 7, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Let the Romney supporters take notice: Your guy is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE to most Ron Paul supporters, so if you want a united Republican Party you must unite behind Ron Paul, OR ELSE…four more years of Obama. We cannot stomach Romney because he won’t abolish the Federal reserve, repeal the income tax or end unjust, undeclared wars, and the War on Drugs. So, even if you manage to give him our party’s nomination, with the backing of the ignorant masses, and the ignorant masses vote for him in 50 States and DC in November, we will STILL put Ron Paul into the White House, through the Electoral College. I explain the plan in a video at

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    • srfhouseComment by srfhouse
      May 7, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      “won’t abolish the Federal reserve, repeal the income tax or end unjust, undeclared wars, and the War on Drugs.”

      And Obama will? Who sounds ignorant?

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    • cxComment by genesal
      May 7, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

      What is this? OGOPUSA?

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  4. idagneyComment by idagney
    May 7, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    GOPUSA is a hotbed of big government RINO’s. Hence the cries of “foul” when their vote fixing strategy didn’t work. The party establishment used every dirty trick in the book to disenfranchise the Ron Paul people in ’08. Ron Paul wised up to their tactics and has found a way to meet fire with fire. It’s a good thing, too, because unless he gets the nomination, the USA is finished. Obama WILL win against Romney.

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    • stymied4sureComment by stymied4sure
      May 7, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

      Basically the GOP is doing the same thing the Dem’s did in ’08 while trying to get the “best” person to run for president. Only that time it was Hillary and O. However, we didn’t pay nearly enough attention to what Hillary was saying about her rival. She finally threw in with him when she realized that he was going to be the candidate. They since have been as close almost as Bill and Monica (tongue in cheek). They have no intention of allowing the general public to bond with Romney. He is chastised for having done well in business but isn’t that what it is about, working hard and succeeding? He has much more political background than our current leader. How many presidential candidates do you know that are actually poor? Maybe Obama isn’t extremely wealthy but why should he be? What line of work has he done to increase his finances except to rip the general public off and smile all the way to the bank? I rephrase that, I am sure that Obama is extremely wealthy now with his connections but bet he didn’t start that way. Otherwise, why would he have had to ask for financial aid to go to college? I can’t imagine anything that could be said about obama that will turn the professional welfare recipients from him. Our country was in a mess just a few months ago. All of a sudden there are jobs coming to light, benefit programs for the needy, college incentives, lower fuel prices; you name it, it’s happening! Geez, must be election year!
      There may be better candidates out there than Romney but if we don’t quit squabbling amongst ourselves and pull it together, we won’t have to worry because even with his horrible track record, Obama will win again. We can’t have splits in a party that “could” have a chance and become a lot of little parties that have no chance at all because of sheer low voting numbers. At best, it is going to take every vote possible to win. With all the foul play from the Demo side of the fence it is going to be a long haul.

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  5. WhatwillyoudowithoutFreedomComment by whatwillyoudowithoutfreedom
    May 7, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    The Devil has the GOP in one pocket and the DNC in the other.

    The GOP better get their heads out of their ……., because the people are fed up and unless they stand with us (Ron Paul) Obama is going to win again. I have stood with them my entire life and all I’ve gotten was more of the same. This time I’m voting for the best candidate and the GOP can stick their scare tactics where the sun doesn’t shine.

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  6. pafreedomComment by pafreedom
    May 7, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    Ron Paul’s supporters have been lied about and verbally abused, the media ignored RP gains & the establishment wing of the party discounted him. In spite of the attacks Paul is moving forward & picking up steam & the party will benefit from it as he represents the Constitution & if Romney gets the nod & softballs the economy, a real Constitutionalist will not make it to the white house:

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  7. JDZComment by JDZ
    May 7, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    Ron Paul would have zero…0…0….chance of beating Obama in a head to head debate or election. Mr. Paul is a well meaning gentleman with some good ideas and some very radical ideas that would not be well received by hardly anyone, except the zealot Paul supporters.

    These recent moves in Nevada and Maine are devisive and unproductive and are not helping Romney, the Republican Party, or the country at large. There comes a time when you ” hold them” or you “fold them” and the smart players know when to make the right decision.

    The Ron Paul team needs to get past this failed attempt and put on the “big hat” and become an active player on the “replace Obama” team and stop this nonsense. The Paul team have energy, have good ideas, have connections, and could be a real asset to helping Romney beat Obama.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      May 8, 2012 @ 12:31 am

      In 2008 RonBots infested RedState (were banned), and the FireSociety. They’ll be here trying to show they’re viable, unlike the first two times Paul ran and lost, even if it’s just to derail the GOP or Mitt Romney. They’re in it for the duration. It’s like spitting in the wind, it’ll come back on you every time.

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  8. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    May 10, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    OMG! Obama must go! ABO! Anyone but Obama! Is Ron Paul being a spoiler so that Obama gets a second term? Just askin’ mind ya!

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