While the news media continues to promote Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee, though he has yet to actually get the delegates to win the nomination in Tampa, Ron Paul, once again swept up the delegates in Maine and Nevada.
His supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate.
The votes at the end of the two-day Maine convention had Paul coming away with 21 of the 24 delegates of the state that will go to the convention in Tampa, Fl.
According to Jim Azzola, Cumberland County coordinator for Ron Paul, “It’s a certainly significant victory.”
While Mitt Romney and his campaign say they do not view Paul as a threat to winning the nomination, they are careful to not say anything that will anger Paul’s supporters for fear that it would create a backlash against them. They are aware that they would need the Paul supporters should they receive the nomination.
Mike Dennehy, a former top aide to the 2008 McCain campaign, said, “I think he’s being very careful because he knows how important the Ron Paul voters are _ they obviously represent a very different dynamic. They are the most passionate and the most frustrated of any voters heading to the polls. And many of them are independents.”
Charles Cragin, a Romney supporter who lost his bid to chair the convention said, “They have so phenomenally screwed this up that they will go to Tampa and not be seated.” He claims that Paul supporters have violated the rules of procedure in Augusta and yet it has been the Romney campaign along with the RNC that have openly violated the RNC’s own rules.
John Carson, another Romney supporter said, “This is a split convention. The Paul supporters have had a successful process and should be congratulated on that. I think it’s important that the Romney camp and Paul camp come together and support a single candidate.”
In Nevada, Paul supporters organized gaining 22 of 25 delegates. While Mitt Romney took fifty percent of Nevada caucus goers in February, Paul took nineteen percent.
It seems Paul supporters couldn’t get their people turned out for the caucus, but according to veteran political columnist Jon Ralston, “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?”
While the media continues to point to these delegates as “bound” to Romney it has been made clear that the RNC rules will not allow delegates to be bound.
According to one Paul supporter, the caucuses were just, “a gauge of where everyone was at that moment in time. But this is the process we go through to determine the best candidate, and it doesn’t end until Florida.”
According to the Christian Science Monitor, “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.”Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.