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Ron Paul’s Delegate Strategy Pays Off With Nevada, Maine Wins

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Posted on May 7, 2012
Gage Skidmore

Ron Paul at CPAC in Washington, D.C., last year.

Ron Paul’s victories at the Nevada and Maine Republican Party conventions over the weekend are proof that his presidential campaign strategy is paying dividends. Although Paul lost to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in both caucuses, he won a majority of the delegates in each state. Paul got 18 of the 24 delegates at stake in Maine. In Nevada, he fared even better, winning 22 of the 25 delegates.

This could potentially lead to some serious consequences within the GOP come the Republican National Convention in August.

The Christian Science Monitor:

Mr. Paul’s strategy of organizing the grass roots and working arcane delegate selection rules is paying off. And that could mean big trouble for Mitt Romney and his plans to smoothly pivot to a campaign aimed solely at incumbent President Obama.

Yes, Mr. Romney is still the presumptive nominee. It’s highly unlikely Paul will be able to deny the former Massachusetts governor the prize he’s sought for so long. But Paul’s forces aren’t lining up and saluting a Romney victory. When they show up in Tampa in August they may be strong enough, and prepared enough, to throw the convention floor into embarrassing disarray.

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Still, Romney will retain the support of most of Nevada’s delegates to the GOP national convention because of the state’s election rules, meaning Paul’s delegate victories—at least at this stage of the game—can be viewed as largely symbolic. —TEB

The Washington Post:

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.

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By Korky Day, May 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Sorry, my last 2 posts are almost the same because TruthDig made me think it had lost the first one.

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By Korky Day, May 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul is trying to give Mitt Romney what he deserves.
Romney used money and the bias of the party brass, corporations, and the media to get where he is.  It’s not from inspiring the grassroots, as Ron Paul does.
Romney and his family have little appeal other than visual to the Republican party.  He won only one election ever to public office.  He’s embarrassingly wealthy.  His “work” was exporting jobs.  Not a great speaker.  Weird religion.  Just another privileged White man.
Of course, if you think that Barack Obama is much better (He isn’t!), then you’d want Romney to win the nomination so it would be easier for Obama to be re-elected.
Vote Green and/or Ron Paul.

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By Korky Day, May 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

Puppet Mitt Romney and his string-pullers are losing support to the grassroots and Ron Paul, which is just desserts.
Really, Romney has little going for him other than money and the visual appeal to Republicans of him and his family.  Only 4 years ever in public office (not re-elected).  Weird religion.  Uninspired speaking ability.  Embarrassing wealth.  Job-exporting history.  Just the kind of guy Obama wants to oppose, because Romney would be so easy to beat.

Obama needs an easy win because his own record is so poor.  Naturally, since Obama has the same puppet-masters.

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By vector56, May 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

“This smart old man knows just how to say outrageous things to get the Wag-a-tongues to identify themselves and avoided”

Yeah; outrageous things like “Why would other people want to trade with us while we kill their children”?

Or, “maybe we should treat the Arabs and the Israelis equally”?

Or, “maybe we should not trade away our civil liberties for a false sense of freedom.”

“Killing people by the millions, makes us less save”!

Sounds like Ron Paul is a sane man in an asylum.

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By berniem, May 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

Libertarianism! And to think that those who support this believe that Communism is a crack-pot utopian dream!

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

—-What exactly do you
stand for, heterochormatic?—-


Trust, Justice and the American Way

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 8:01 am Link to this comment

vec—- his policies are absurd because of his endless immoderation. his “civil
liberties” include disallowing the federal government to overturn the states’ rights
to legally discriminate and allow discrimination on basis of race

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By vector56, May 8, 2012 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

“that someone might be silly enough to take Ron Paul as a leader. “


Only those who long for a “Banana Republics” long for a “Leader”; I on the other hand agree with his views on forging policy and civil liberties.

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By Fearless, May 8, 2012 at 7:28 am Link to this comment
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The media has been using the straw poll / popular
vote in each state as a basis for the delegate
count. But in the vast majority of the states,
that’s not how delegates are determined. If you
actually count the pledged delegates, which is how
the nomination is supposed to be determined, it’s
actually a very close race between Goldman Sachs et
al and Ron Paul. Obviously, the GOP bosses will be
the 13 year old girls that they are and cheat their
placeholder candidate into the nomination. And folks
like heterochromatic will watch in contentment
because, hey, they got theirs. What exactly do you
stand for, heterochormatic?

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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

vec—- i do take some small joy in knowing that I need no longer concern myself
that someone might be silly enough to take Ron Paul as a leader.

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By vector56, May 8, 2012 at 6:24 am Link to this comment

“Paul already has half as many delegates as Newt
Gingrich and almost as much chance of winning,
controlling the convention, or of being noticed. “

Like the subject of most “Banana Republics” heterochromatic takes great joy in knowing that serious contenders are picked from the top down and anyone daring to come up from the people (left or right) is doomed to fail in a “rigged ” system.

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By rtb61, May 8, 2012 at 2:31 am Link to this comment

Ron Paul versus Hilary Clinton, which vice presidential candidate will win and which one will lose the election for their party well at least their president as neither party really represents the people that foolishly support them.

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By AmericanPatriot, May 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment
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WE are MAKING the MSM take notice a little at a time
…. VERY SOON the tsunami of news will hit.

Rombama’s quest for 1144 delegates has peaked and now
is going backwards …. he has fewer today than last
week and fewer last week than last month ….. LET THIS
TREND PICK UP SPEED.

Regardless of RULE 38 or similar strategic
advantages,
CRYSTAL CLEAR is that Dr Paul’s electors will write
the platform …. pick the VP … Make the rules AND his
followers are the immediate future and direction of
the GOP. We are gaining
total control of the party state by state city by
city ….

GOOD BYE old party bosses HELLO individual freedoms.

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By heterochromatic, May 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment

yeah, brilliant strategy…. Paul wins primaries when
the race is over. tiny primaries yielding not a damn
thing of consequence.

Paul already has half as many delegates as Newt
Gingrich and almost as much chance of winning,
controlling the convention, or of being noticed.

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