Ron Paul Is Going to the Republican National Convention, and – Believe It Or Not – It’s Still Possible for Paul to Win

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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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Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:02 | 2402178 SILVERGEDDON

Mittens is Obama in an Aryan white suit - same shit, different toilet. They are both running dog lackeys for the POTB. Like raccoons raiding trash cans, there is nothing you can do about them. Ron Paul is the honey badger - go google the video, motherfuckers !

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 20:37 | 2402107 Matte_Black
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haha... You all sound like you really believe it matters who wins the shitshow. Tptb know how this ends. It isn't us.

We are all so fucked beyond belief that I don't blame you for not believing it. Fwiw... I love you guys though.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:59 | 2402018 Jim in MN
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How many Republicans would vote Obama to stop Paul? The question practically answers itself.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 20:37 | 2402120 Matte_Black
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I think the answer is probably zero, Jim. And yes, the question screams its own answer. Zero, brother. That is my final answer. I guess I just don't believe it matters anymore.

Hope you are well.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:40 | 2402276 robobbob
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while all the right wing mockingbird media shills were drooling over NPR taking faux-islamist money(though it was fun to watch), the monster blockbuster they buried was in the same tapes NPR admitted that several high ranking GOP had been working behind the scenes in 08 to elect Obama.

imbecile grunts on the left roast Rove and the Bush's at every chance, but yet have no idea of the debt they owe them and others for helping BHO win, and for limiting the tea party wins in '10. 

The establishment GOP is absolutely RINO and would, and did, help elect dems rather than see outsider, conservative, libertarian or anyone else not in the club win.

Team Red, Team Blue. Same owners. At the end of the day, its THEIR game, and no one gets to play without their say so. Watching politics today thing has degraded to such a farce its like watching WWF and having someone ask you in all seriousness, who do you think will win? Answer: no matter who's left standing in the ring, its Vince Mcmahon's bank account.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:04 | 2401859 razorthin
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LOL!  Well then, I smell a terror red flag at the convention.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 20:20 | 2402066 unwashedmass
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they should. here in maine, our GOP group of legislators is totally corrupt. they tried to rig the primary --- wouldn't count the votes from the districts where Ron is kidding.

but enough of the supporters made it to the convention.....and today EVERY SINGLE DELEGATE FROM MAINE is going to Ron.

There's total hysteria in the Maine GOP tonight.

Couldn't happen to a nicer group of criminals.

Go Ron Go!!!!!!!!

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:15 | 2401891 fourchan
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fear is a stinky cologne.


ron paul for pres 2012

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:20 | 2401897 razorthin
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Yes, and nothing or no one is feared more than RP.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 20:55 | 2402165 boogerbently
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We are ALL in agreement, but we have no way of coordinating our efforts.

We don't like either of our two choices, but we can't get behind a "third" option, without $$$$$ and exposure...... 

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 18:45 | 2401812 New_Meat
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GW-have another hit. but, of course, you are right that the MA and this afternoon, the ME gangz had great RP representation.

- Ned

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 18:44 | 2401811 Darkness
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Time to buy more Gold. Lets load up baby.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 18:07 | 2401706 jomama
Sun, 05/06/2012 - 17:24 | 2401628 jwoop66
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I'm voting for Paul on this coming tues.     Just to say I did.   

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 15:44 | 2401347 LivermoreJim
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Sure he can win; the South will rise again, and Greece will be a world power in 5 years.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 17:03 | 2401564 smb12321
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I love Paul but the self-delusion here is amazing.  Ron is not going to get the nomination for a very good reason:  He wants the party's nomination but refuses to back its candidate. That's OK if not principle but you can't get upset when they fight back. 

Newsflash for GW - Even if these five states could nominate Paul, why would all the other states committed to Romney suddenly say, "Yeah, let's back someone who can't defeat Obama and won't vote for the nominee unless it's him."

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:25 | 2402241 WAMO556
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with your type of thinking, nothing is possible unless YOU say so. We ALL know what type of A-Hole Mittens is, The lesser choice of two evils is NEITHER. Get your fucking head on straight mister and quit following somebody else's orders.

There can be NO bystanders in the battle for survival!

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 20:01 | 2402026 Jim in MN
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Paul would do waaaay better than Romney who will be shellacked by Obama.  Besides, both Romney and Obama have Goldman Sachs running down their pants anyway.  It's disgusting.  Neither is fit for office.

Please don't support more psychopaths with global bankster backing.  Romney and Obama both spell doom for the Republic.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 15:45 | 2401346 LivermoreJim
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Sure he can win; the South will rise again, and Greece will be a world power in 5 years.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:03 | 2401344 boiltherich
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I have a better chance of getting the GOP nomination than RP, sadly.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 14:21 | 2401075 Libertarian777
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as much as I'm a Paulbot, and believe everything he says and stands for, I'm under NO illusion that Ron Paul as president cannot change the country overnight by himself.

Paul winning is only the beginning of the revolution, it will still require us to VOTE OUT all the incumbant status quo 'representatives'. Including the so-called 'tea party conservatives' who are no different from the incumbants they replaced.

Ron Paul will only be able to help us by vetoing 99% of non-constitutiona bills presented by congress. However he cannot by himself repeal existing bills. He can however slow down government by defunding departments or relaxing / changing rules or how bills are enforced.

But please, don't believe electing Ron Paul is a panacea, if he wins it will be the beginning of an immense amount of work the rest of us will have to do.

The last thing we want is the already asleep complacent Americans to believe placing one vote (for Ron Paul) will instantly change their lives. It won't. It requires you to GET INVOLVED and help make that change happen. People believed voting for Obama would bring about change, then sat around waiting for it to happen, but when Obama proved himself to be an extension of Bush, no one who voted for him did anything about it. No one held him accountable to his 'hope and change' message. Everyone just gave up and said , as long as you give me welfare, i don't care what you do.

The coming revolution is not a revolution of political positions, its a revolution of the MIND. And Ron Paul has already won. He's started the brushfires at the so-called grassroots level. He's got every one talking about the role of the Fed, the role of government. etc.


QUESTION EVERYTHING (even this post).

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 17:06 | 2401570 smb12321
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Paul has said the same thing repeatedly.  Until the American people change their idea about the role of government, he could be elected unanimously and it would not make a difference.  

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 14:07 | 2401018 RoadKill
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Good to know zero hedge supports the rights of a fringe minority to overrule the majority and force someone that can only muster 10% of the support of the 50% of republicans that vote in primaries, whic make up one third of voters, that make uo less the half the population.

Lets see 10% of 50% of 30% of 50% hmm thats about 1%

All hail the 1%

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 20:54 | 2402161 SILVERGEDDON

Yeah, and you blow only the top part of the elephant's dick. American politics has been a fucking Ricky Bobby race forever. There is only FIRST PLACE. Everyone else is a LOSER ! And, it never mattered how the winner won, just that he was first. Now you wanna come by and say that there are RULES ? Stick a shotgun in your yapper, and pull the trigger to turn that brain of yours into something useful - cat food.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:27 | 2401430 Lednbrass
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Its a opinion piece from a contributor- it has nothing to do with anything ZH does or doesnt support.

As far as the party rules themselves, as long as its within their framework I fail to see a problem. If it wasnt there is no cause for concern is there? You will still be free to vote Mittens.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 14:50 | 2401176 Savyindallas
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Good to know there are some stupid people like Roadkill on ZH  - I was beginning to think ZH was rigged because 95% seemed to be knowledgable and intelligent while in the general population  it was the other way around. Seemed to good to be true, but seeing a few people like Roadkill post give me comfort that there is no rigging -or blatant censorship like the Denninger board. Be careful Roadkill  - there is a cure for your malady  - daily reading of thoughtful, intelligent posts just may result in curing your terminally ignorant condition.

By the way  -the opinion of 1 Paulbot is worth more than 100 zombie sheeple with their heads up their asses. Ignorant retards should not be encouraged to vote. They do our country a service by staying home.


Sun, 05/06/2012 - 14:42 | 2401149 SilverIsKing
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Zero Hedge also allows morons to post here.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:29 | 2401436 Deo vindice
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I believe it was one of the Puritans under Cromwell who once stated:

"The price of liberty is the defence of idiots."

The price is still not too much to pay.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:56 | 2400981 lolmao500
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I suggest you spread this video to everyone you know.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:49 | 2400967 Dexter Morgan
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I enjoyed the article but links to subscribing sites like the last one really piss me off.  I don't appreciate crap like that.  That being said I have voted for Paul twice and will continue to at every opportunity.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:50 | 2400954 lolmao500
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Even if he loses the nomination, he still wins. He's educating and motivating lots of people and exposing the system for the fraud it is.

A cool ad for Ron Paul...

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:25 | 2400914 Coast Watcher
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Romney's not sitting back and enjoying his "lead," he's running scared. This weekend Romney supporters in both Nevada and Maine were caught handing out bogus "Ron Paul" ballots at their state conventions with the names of Romney delegates on them. That's no coincidence. It has to be deliberate strategy to derail Paul. Maine is also the state where the state GOP chairman declared Romney the winnter in local presidential preference polls while conveniently ignoring the results from Paul-dominated precincts and counties.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:22 | 2400906 Smokey1
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Ron Paul is a mumble-mouth loser. He is massively deluded to have ever thought he had a prayer at the nomination. He lost in a landslide in 2008 and again this year.

His dream of every nation having nukes will have to wait a while. He was hilarious at the debates, fumbling around and stumbling over his ignorant words while the audiences hooted at him. How pathetic. His little faggot son is just as bad.

Yeah, Ron Paul is going to save this country. His grace alone will cause $100 trillion in debt to disappear. He will be inaugurated and then 1000+ corrupt members of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches are going to renounce their wicked ways.

Fuck Ron Paul 2016.

But make certain to send him more money so he can save the country.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:47 | 2401503 dexter_morgan
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Krugman, use your real name instead of this Smokey1 BS.......

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 15:58 | 2401369 Savyindallas
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Thanks Smokey --for reminding me that the opposition is a bunch of nitwts  destined for the ash heap of history. Keep on smokin what you're smokin  -smokey. Everytime you hit the keyboard you potentially gain another recruit --for our side.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 14:39 | 2401141 Libertarian777
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awesome, ad hominem attack.

If you can attack his ideas and debate it, it reflects positively on you.

Instead you attack the person, as you have nothing of substance to say.

The more ad hominem attacks I see against Ron Paul, the more I know he's getting under the skin of the status quo.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:20 | 2400901 thurstjo63
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I like the line, Romney supporters are considering teaming up with Christian Conservatives?!? Let's see, Romney the mormon teaming up with Christian Conservatives, when Ron Paul IS a Christian Conservative?!? All makes sense to me.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:29 | 2401440 Cathartes Aura
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all religion OUT of government.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:11 | 2400879 nah
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It's Ron Paul or GE

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 12:57 | 2400851 sessinpo
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Please. How about a little reality here. Rand Paul 2016 if we are still alive.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 10:17 | 2400597 The Alarmist
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I guess we believe in representative government until it actually starts to represent the views of those outside the elite.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 10:17 | 2400595 bernorange
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Romney and Obama both are Goldman Sachs / Wall Street puppets and everyone knows it.  Neither one has the sack to stand up to the Fed and their cabal.  Constrain the Fed.  Go Ron Paul.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 10:23 | 2400608 Money 4 Nothing
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Political Theater at best IMHO. Not a full audit was the clue.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 08:57 | 2400524 therearetoomany...
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I got news for you all, no matter whom is selected as the final nominee, you had better vote for him because if you split the vote Obama wins. 

I would hope some miracle would occur at the convention but if it doesn't, you had better support Romney. 

Any body who thinks Romney wouldn't be better than Obama is insane.   At least Romney actually likes the idea of unfettered capitalism as opposed to dear leader who daily moves us to facism.  

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step...

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:40 | 2400946 my puppy for prez
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NDAA= Fascism

Millitary adventurism benefitting the MIC and the NWO= Fascism

FED= Fascism

Romney=NDAA + MIC + FED = Fascism!

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 09:04 | 2400530 Nothing To See Here
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You are delusional if you think there will be a noticeable difference between Mittens and the Obamination...

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 09:26 | 2400548 therearetoomany...
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Really?  And what will happen if this facist/communist bastard Obama is re-elected, if we even get to an election? 

You're really saying that you're okay with Obama getting re-elected? 

Okay, then might as well vote for Obama.  See you in Uraguay. 



Sun, 05/06/2012 - 13:01 | 2400855 Clever Name
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Just as delusional as thinking Obama is any different than Bush...

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 15:36 | 2401329 Xkwisetly Paneful
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No difference at all!

Government responsible for 33% of US commerce,

or with Obamacare it's  50%.

But there is no difference.

I realize that the Emporer and Mormon are both horrendous candidates,

one side generally grows the government via military and one does via social spending and that is a large difference anywhere people are not genetically defective or medicated.

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 16:55 | 2401537 dexter_morgan
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'one side generally grows the government via military and one does via social spending and that is a large difference'

Yeah, hows that working out with Obamoron?

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