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Victory in Maine gives Paul some clout

Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said Sunday.

The results, which are unlikely to slow Mitt Romney's march to the nomination in Tampa, Fla., in August, gave the libertarian a late state victory.

Paul supporters were elected to 21 of the 24 delegate spots from Maine. The 24th seat goes to party chairman Charles Webster, who has remained uncommitted throughout the process. Making the Paul takeover complete was the election of Paul supporters to a majority of the state committee seats.