Ron Paul Is Going to the Republican National Convention, and – Believe It Or Not – It’s Still Possible for Paul to Score an Upset Win Over Mitt Romney


On Wednesday, the Washington Post tallied Ron Paul’s gains in various states:

At Massachusetts’ state convention less than half of Romney’s 27 chosen delegates won tickets to Tampa. Paul supporters were chosen instead. While all of the state’s delegates are committed to vote for Romney, the delegates get to decide on the party chairman, platform, and VP nominee. …Paul supporters are a majority in the Iowa GOP’s State Central Committee, and he’s set to claim a majority of the state’s delegates despite finishing third in the caucuses.

They dominated the caucuses in Louisiana, carrying four out of six congressional districts with a tie in a fifth. That means 74 percent of the state’s convention delegates will be Paul backers.

In Minnesota, Paul won 20 of 24 delegates allocated at congressional district conventions, and he’s expected to take more at the statewide convention.

Huffington Post notes:

Paul can be nominated from the floor in Tampa by a plurality of five state delegations

The Des Moines Register reports:

Several Paul loyalists said they harbor hope for getting Paul nominated at the national convention in Tampa in late August.

In order to do that, Paul must have a majority of support from at least five state delegations. With states like North Dakota, Minnesota and others on track, his supporters could then attempt to nominate him from the floor.

Iowa’s 28 delegates are all “unbound,” meaning they can individually decide which presidential candidate to support. To stop Paul supporters from controlling the Iowa delegation, Romney backers in Iowa said they will likely focus on teaming up with Christian conservatives here.

To stop Paul supporters, mainstream Republicans are playing dirty. For example, the Republican National Committee has warned that it may refuse to allow the entire delegation for Nevada to be seated at the national convention for fear that Ron Paul supporters have taken control of the state.

Paul is not backing down.

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  • http://www.ingotnews.com Eric N

    Ron Paul is going to win several states that he has already “lost” (according to MSM). This includes Minnesota, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, among others. He is also gaining significant momentum around the country, holding dozens of rallys that average close to 5,000 undecided voters and Paul supporters. Texas and California could very well go Paul’s way – and they carry an incredible total of 327 delegates.

    The fact that MSM networks are missing this remarkable story/series of events is very telling of the direction that these networks (CNN,MSNBC,FOX,others) are headed – their ratings are taking huge hits, and they won’t be around forever, especially if they avoid telling the real news in lieu of propagandizing their own opinions, which they continue to due, even directly in the face of their falling ratings.

  • Matthew

    In my mind, agree with him or not, Dr. Paul has already won. The Libertarian Party will reap the rewards and the GOP will rightfully be delegated to an irrelevant party.

    • Zorro-3

      Ya think? The LP made itself irrelevant years ago. Even last election, they named Gingrich supporter BOB BARR their presidential nominee. They let NEIL BOORTZ give their keynote. Now the LP has ballot access in what, twenty-seven states or something like that? I think what’s more likely happening is the GOP is being taken over by a Libertarian (or paleo-conservative, if you prefer) faction. It’s what happened to the Communist Party, taken over by Gorby and Yeltsin; they were members of the Communist Party, because that was the easiest perch from which to rid the people of Communism.

  • danton

    Romney is desparate, with more than a few scandals soon to rock the “presumptive” candidate who presumes to be a nominee. The GOP has ignored an age-old maxim:
    “Never put all your eggs in one basket”…they have though, and there will soon be egg on their face, along with Romney..who may soon be indicted in relation to a “Ponzi Scheme” and a missing $15T, as attested to in the testimony recently ocurring in Britain’s House of Lords.
    http://www.thewhitehatsreport.com/reports/report35.pdf
    Romney appears to be a useful idiot in the plans concocted by GHW Bush to throw the election.

  • paul

    While this is good news, in that it is a tribute to the appeal of Paul’s anti-war, anti-fascism, anti-empire ideas, it’s frightening to think that this monstrous ‘Austerity’ Demon could make it into power, or that masses of Americans think that taking a wrecking ball to the government generally, and to social programs, is a GOOD idea. In addition, it seems increasingly clear that he isn’t sincere at all about any of his good ideas re. empire, banksterism, fascism, etc..

    People are turning to Ron Paul because no one on the Left is standing up as a meaningful alternative.

    • http://www.yohoo.com PeoplePower

      No, people are listening to Ron Paul because he makes sense. You obviously haven’t listened to what Ron Paul has been saying rather listening to the msm.
      No where does Ron Paul mentioning taking a wrecking ball to the government, it’s already wrecked if you haven’t noticed and the social programs you are talking about are the bankrupting entitlement programs and the croneisums that this establishment is bilking the taxpayers in trillions of dollars. Get a clue before you spout your mouth off.

    • gozounlimited

      Have you tried to access a social program lately? …. too late to blame Obama (too early to blame Paul)! ……we got bushwacked years ago ….

      All social and domestic programs must be redesigned to actually function…and not for the rich and fraudsters. Being afraid of change will get you nowhere….time to believe and support ideas that can take us into the 21st century. Paul can do that.

      • Earl

        absolutely right. When I was forced to quit my fast paced highly demanding job in fine dining while waiting to get surgery. I decided to sign up for some classes to occupy my time. So I also tried to sign up for some food stamps to help save some money. Wouldn’t you know it, after months of waiting and after being told I qualified based on my income, they sent me a nice letter that said I didn’t qualify because I was enrolled in school. So people that don’t do shit can get free food, but people who try to better themselves by enrolling in school while on medical leave can’t. I say scrap the whole program, it’s clearly useless.

    • Albert Meyer

      Ron Paul is taking the wrecking ball to the military-industrial complex. Half your taxes are rerouted to special interests, the war profiteers and other leeches. He made it very clear that what he saves on the military budget ($500 billion a year; half of all taxes collected from individuals), by bringing the troops home, he will apply to welfare programs, not because he agrees with them, but he needs to ensure that the funds are there when called upon. He has continually voted and campaigned against the practice of using Social Security and Medicare taxes for general appropriations. You are listening to the medias lies. Do your own research.

      Ron Paul has a 100% Constitutional voting record. What is there about your Constitutional protections that you do not like? The Constitution allows state to run welfare programs (10th Amendment). He is not against that. He against the Federal Government using our taxes to fight these wars and runs this 900-military-base empire in 130 countries and the borrow from the Chinese to pay for welfare programs that should be the responsibilities of states (10th Amendment). Besides, the Federal Government instituted Social Security, made all kinds of promises and then hiked the Social Security tax rate 20 times, moved the retirement age up and started to tax Social Security receipts so that those who were frugal all their lives and saved for their retirement, over and above their Social Security taxes, are now punished for their frugal living. It’s insane. Worst of all, they took the money accumulated in the Social Security Trust Fund and used it to fight wars and run other ridiculous programs. What more do they have to do before you lose total trust in your government?

      Even Daffy Duck is better than MORE OF THE SAME… the lesser of two evils is still evil… this is not a beauty contest… this is about $16 trillion of national debt and going to $20 trillion. The biggest threat to national security is not “the Communists/Taliban/Freedom Fighters/Jihadists”. The biggest threat is China demanding a higher rate of interest on our IOUs. $16 trillion times 5% equals $800 billion.That’s equal to our defense budget and 80% of what we pay in individual income taxes.

      Romney promises more jobs, which just exposes his ignorance. Paul knows how jobs are created: small government and low taxes. (For proof, Google You Tube: Britain’s Trillion Pound Horror Story). If government spending creates prosperity (as Romney clearly believes with his empty promises, bail outs, economic stimulus programs, etc. – he is a bundle of contradictions, still learning on the job), then Cuba (government spending 85% of GDP) should be a veritable paradise of wealth and abundance. Singapore, on the other hand (where government expenditures are pegged at 12.5% of GDP), should be a hellhole of poverty. Just the reverse.

    • Adam Rikster

      You couldn’t be anymore wrong or lost in your ideas and what they support. You need to turn off your television and read.

    • Zorro-3

      How is it clear that he isn’t sincere?

  • Dave

    Paul, RP does not want to take a wrecking ball to social programs. And he wouldn’t just kick people off SS, etc. He would, however, like to save money by ending the overseas adventures, take care of people here in the short term who have become dependent, then slowly slowly phase out some of these failed programs over a period of decades. He would also like to return some decision making to the states, i.e. education, environment.

    • Sylvie

      That’s right. Ron Paul wants to bring a good sense of self-esteem back to the people in this country. The only thing holding them down is this engineered welfare system that demands that they not jump high enough to make anything out of their lives. To live on the edge of uncertainty… and we wonder why substance abuse in this country is eating us up alive, from alcohol and nicotine addiction to cocaine, meth, vicodan, and heroin abuse, and beyond into food addiction, depression, and so much more. Lets all use our brains for a change and think for ourselves, not to keep up this lousy way of living, but improve it with someone who actually cares! Ron Paul is ready to fight for every one of us, so lets fight WITH him!

  • Albert Meyer

    Romney’s “nomination” is dead on arrival. By August, Paul’s poll numbers in a straight fight against Obama will overshadow those of Romney’s. The GOP Politburo will ignore these hard facts and make an attempt to force their will on the will of the People. The People will prevail. Paul will toast Obama in the swing states (only the swing states matter) with his 55:33 advantage over Obama among independents. After all…

    … Voters who want wars, torture, assassinations, “humanitarian” bombings in oil rich countries, indefinite detentions, drone attacks that kill the innocent, erosion of civil liberties, domestic war on the people
    (drug war), out-of-control debt and spending, graft and greed, crony capitalism, pandering to special interests, bailouts, more of the same, must NOT vote for Ron Paul.

    Voters who want peace, a humane foreign policy, restoration of civil liberties, an end to the war on drugs, sound money, balanced budgets, honesty, integrity and transparency in government, and a President wholly committed to Constitutional government can vote for Ron Paul.

    Ain’t that difficult a choice.

  • Lakawak

    Could still win….like a basketball team that is down 98 to 55 with 2 minutes to go “could still win” But he won’t.

    Romney goes in to the Convention withy well over 1300 BOUND delegates. And anotehr 250 unbound/super delegates. And states are NOT unbinding. Just like Nevada and Massachusetts.

  • Jay Rowland

    I am for any candidate to take on 9/11 criminals. Not the patsies but the real ones. Lock up the criminals and we will live in a better world.

  • Kyle Granger

    This link is broken, so the information cannot be verified. The broken link is in the second to last paragraph. Please re-cite sources for accuracy.

    (To stop Paul supporters, mainstream Republicans are playing dirty. For example, the Republican National Committee has warned that it may refuse to allow the entire delegation for Nevada to be seated at the national convention for fear that Ron Paul supporters have taken control of the state.)

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/ralstons-flash/2012/may/02/rnc-nv-gop-dont-let-ron-paul-delegates-take-over-n/

  • Sylvie

    Ron Paul SHOULD NOT back down. I don’t know anyone willing to vote for Obama or Romney, the two candidates that were chosen by the establishment. We don’t want their left or right pawns, we want our own president, on our terms, and that would be RON PAUL! GO RON PAUL! Finally, a chance to turn our country around and hopefully inspire other countries to do the same!!!!! We need a strong leader, not a patsy.

  • Mike

    This whole delegate process is only now starting, now if you listen to the establishment its all over and yet the process has only just begun. If delegates can obstain in the first round, Romney is finished, he won’t get the 1188 votes then it becomes a brokered convention and delegates can vote for whoever they want. This scares the establishment to no end. Freedom and liberty is very popular and this is as it has been for almost a decade now, grass roots. The systems power is in ignorance of the masses. Ron Paul supporters are not ignorant and have the passion and determination nationwide to become the delegates in Tampa and its working.

  • al

    There are still 14 primaries left with 770 nominating delegates in play.

    Ron Paul will have a couple hundred delegates and the Republican National Convention will say “We are happy for you,” and nominate Romney for president.

    In the unlikely event Romney does not win on the first ballot he is still the strongest candidate.

    All Romney would have to do is ask Rick Santorum if he would like to be Vice President. Game over.

  • http://rehmat1.com/ Rehmat

    Rep. Ron Paul is not acceptable to the powerful Israel Lobby (AIPAC) and other Jewish lobby groups. David Horowitz had called him “a crackpot and vicious anti-Semite” while Abraham Foxman, national director ADL has acknowledged that Ron Paul is the only presidential hopeful who doesn’t take dictation from AIPAC.

    The ‘King maker’ Jewish minority (less than 2%) has always pro-Democrats. Even if by some miracle, Ron Paul get Republican party’s nomination – he cannot beat Barack Obama who has proved to be the best friend Israel has in the White House. So much so that former Rep. Abner Mikvaner said about Sen. Obama: “I think when it is all over, people are going to say that Barack Obama is the first Jewish president”.

    In September 2011 – John Heilemann writing in the New York Magazine called Barack Obama “The First Jewish President“.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/04/06/obama-jewish-president-messiah-or-g-d/

  • Iqbal Halani

    Be careful. he could be another “Obama” will replace the words Trojan Horse in history ! Brazenly lying and spinning away, but the Almighty eventually catches up with the devils – now they want to create misery for hundreds of millions with this unending change of goal posts on Iran, looking to start a war.

 

 

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