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Ron Paul, Still Running for President, Wins Minnesota

Just like he told you, Ron Paul is continuing to rack up
delegates and outright state wins in his continuing race for the
Republican Party presidential nomination. In the Minnesota state
Republican Party convention on Saturday, he came out controlling

32 of 40 delegates
from the state.

The Park Rapids Enterprise reports on how Paul, who
showed up to talk to his people at the convention the day before
the final delegate vote,
was received
:

To chants of “President Paul,” 2,000 Minnesota convention
delegates welcomed the Texas congressman and presidential
candidate.  

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“There are a lot of friends of liberty in this town,” Paul
said….

U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills endorsed Paul and Paul endorsed
Bills. The Senate candidate said he will continue to back Paul
until he is out of the race.

Several convention observers said that while Paul was well
received, they did not hear probable Republican presidential
nominee Mitt Romney mentioned during the day-long convention.

Paul, who finished second to Rick Santorum in this year’s
precinct caucuses, told the Republicans that it is not just their
party that latches onto his ideas.

“It is much, much bigger than this,” he added, saying that
independents “and even Democrats” support his ideas.

Things have changed for Paul since 2008 as his liberty movement
grows:

Paul’s Friday appearance was in stark contrast to four years
ago, when he was banned from speaking to the Minnesota convention
in Rochester. Instead, he talked in a light rain outside the
convention center.

Many of the 2,000 convention delegates attended a state event
for the first time.

A Paul campaign press release
sums up all the good news
for the campaign over the weekend, in
a long game that extends beyond Tampa in August:

In Minnesota, Paul organizers won a decisive 12 of 13 delegates
to the RNC at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud,
wrapping up the North Star State’s two-tier nominating
contest.  Earlier this spring, Paul supporters won 20 of 24
delegates at district conventions.  In all, the Paul camp has
swept the state of Minnesota winning 32 of the state’s 40 national
delegates.

In addition to Paul’s consequential victory in Minnesota, Paul
organizers won delegates in Mitt Romney’s home state of
Michigan.  There, Paul supporters estimate that they have won
eight voting slots plus one non-voting delegate and 11
alternates.  Of the 14 Congressional District voting contests
held this weekend, Paul organizers won RNC delegates in the
1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and
9th Districts, denying Detroit-born Romney a clean
sweep of his home state.  The Michigan victory occurred
despite a heavy Romney campaign presence promoting a win for the
establishment pick and presumptive nominee.

At the Vermont Republican State Convention this weekend, Ron
Paul supporters won two of 14 national delegates, with two more
considered potential allies, and they won 10 of 14
alternates.  In all, Vermont has 17 delegates including super
delegates.

Finally in Virginia, 11 district conventions have been taking
place in recent weeks and have ended this weekend.  In those
contests Ron Paul supporters won 17 of 33 national delegates
selected, with the remainder of the state’s 49 delegates including
super delegates to be selected at the June
16th state convention.  Also in Virginia, Paul
supporters elected a Republican Congressional District Chair in the
Third District, over a dozen liberty-oriented Republican State
Central Committee Members five of whom are Ron Paul supporters,
dozens of Republican county and city
committee chairs, and hundreds of county and city
committee members.

From the Alaska Dispatch via Christian Science
Monitor
, a fair summation of
where the campaign stands
now:

[I]n Minnesota Saturday[,]“The Paul crowd pulled off a bloodless
coup,” the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. “Unlike other states
where brawls broke out between Paul fans and Romney supporters, the
Minnesota convention was a relatively civil affair. There were no
fistfights or shouting matches on the convention floor.”

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In a nutshell, that sums up what Rep. Paul needs to do as the
Republican Party works its way toward the nominating convention in
August: Keep supporters of his “revolution” revved up, laying the
groundwork for what he hopes will be a prominent role in Tampa,
Fla., while not coming across as a political curmudgeon trying to
undermine the candidacy of presumed front-runner Mitt Romney (with
whom, it’s been reported, he has a good personal
relationship)…..

“The ball is in the court of the Republican Party and the court
of Mitt Romney,” Jesse Benton, national chairman of Paul’s
campaign, told reporters this past week. “We’re bringing forward an
attitude of respect, and we’re also bringing forward some very
specific things that we believe in. If our people are treated with
respect, if our ideas, their ideas are embraced and treated
seriously and treated with respect, I think the Republican Party
will have a very good chance to pick up a substantial number of our
votes.”

“On the flip side,” Benton warned, “if they’re treated like they
were in 2008, a lot of people are going to stay home and a lot of
people are going to sit on their hands.”….

“Ron Paul started what his supporters call a revolution,” Maggie
Haberman and Emily Shultheis observe on Politico.com. “Now, that
revolution is threatening to march on without him.”

Which seems to be exactly what Paul wants.

My April Reason cover story on “The
Ron Paul Moment
.” My article last week on
why the GOP must mind
Ron Paul. My new book,
Ron Paul‘s Revolution: The Man and the Movement He
Inspired
.

Cross-posted at dedicated blog/site for Ron
Paul’s Revolution
.


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