Ron Paul’s Delegate Fight with the GOP

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in his run for the
Republican Party’s presidential nomination was famously following a
delegate
strategy
” aimed at caucus states, rather than striving for mass
popular votes in primary states. The advantage of this strategy is
that its results were more malleable and less cut and dried than
“you earn delegates based on the popular vote.”

Now the disadvantages of that delegate strategy are
becoming clear: The results are more malleable and less cut and
dried than “you get delegates based on the popular vote.”

In four states, the question of how many delegates to the
Republican National Convention in Tampa in late August will end up
dedicated to Paul is embroiled in challenges and appeals to the
national party.

Last week, the Paul campaign
challenged all 46 delegates
sent to the RNC by the state party
in Louisiana. The party honored the delegation of a small, rump
anti-Paul faction that broke from the Paul majority during the
state party’s June convention. As CNN reported:

“We believe that they grossly and blatantly and repeatedly
violated their party rules and elected a delegation that was
improper,” said Paul’s campaign chairman Jesse Benton. “We believe
that our rump convention is the legitimate delegation and they have
a right to be seated at the Republican National Convention.”

Even some Romney partisans from the state
are telling the RNC
that the delegation the Louisiana state
party is trying to send to Tampa is illegitimate.

Earlier in July, the
Paul campaign challenged
the Oregon Republican Party’s attempts
to unseat—illegitimately, the

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