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Fighting to ensure Ron Paul gets to speak at Tampa convention



ronpaul1.jpgFrom the Omaha World Herald:


Nebraska Republicans are braced for a potential rumble this weekend, as devoted Ron Paul supporters threaten to take over the party's state convention on behalf of the Texas libertarian and his presidential bid.

At one point, the state GOP hired extra security out of fear things could get out of hand, as conventions have in some other states.

Tension surrounding the state convention Saturday in Grand Island comes as Paul supporters mount a last-ditch effort in Nebraska to ensure that Paul gets to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Paul needs to win a plurality of delegates from five states to get 15 minutes to speak at the national convention. So far, he has enough delegates from four: Iowa, Maine, Minnesota and Louisiana.

Nebraska — the last state to hold a Republican convention — is Paul's final chance.

It's also a perfect state for Paul's organized effort: Nebraska delegates are elected without regard to the results of the primary. Mitt Romney won more than 70 percent of the primary vote, but there is no guarantee that he will secure 70 percent of Nebraska's national delegates....

[Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:40pm]


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