AP : St. Charles County Do - Over Backs PaulSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 01:14
AP : St. Charles County Do - Over Backs Paul
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — On the day Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race, it was Ron Paul — not presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney — who stole the show at the do-over Republican caucus in one of Missouri's largest and most conservative counties.
St. Charles County Republicans reconvened Tuesday, weeks after the initial caucus was canceled amid rules disputes and claims of favoritism. This time, things went more smoothly at the gathering of about 900 voters inside the St. Charles Convention Center. There were plenty of disagreements, some jeering, some booing, some heated comments. But unlike the March 17 caucus, the event never dissolved into chaos.
One thing remained the same: Despite his front-runner status, Romney still failed to generate much support. Instead, slates of Paul supporters were picked for 2nd and 3rd District congressional caucuses later this month (the county straddles the two districts) and the statewide GOP convention in June. Even a late attempt by Santorum and Romney supporters to align fell short of topping Paul.