Ron Paul wins big in Maine and Nevada
Ron Paul’s presidential strategy is working – at least it did in Maine and Nevada this weekend, where he won the most number of delegates at state party conventions.
If most Republicans and pundits consider Mitt Romney the all-but-nominated champion to take on Barack Obama in this year’s presidential election, Rep. Paul’s army of enthusiastic and determined backers beg to differ.
In fact, they’re not begging at all but pounding at the gates of conventional political thinking. All that’s missing are the torches and pitchforks.
Paul’s method is to hold the Republican Party to its often-arcane delegate selection rules, especially in state party conventions.
Over the weekend, his supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention, electing a majority slate of delegates.
In Nevada Paul forces did likewise, winning their man 22 delegates, compared to three for Romney.
Romney won Nevada's caucus in February with half of the vote, the Associated Press points out. Under party rules adopted last fall, Romney was to get 20 of Nevada's 28 delegates for the national convention, and Paul was to get eight.