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Don't Tell Ron Paul the GOP Primary Is Over

WASHINGTON | Don’t tell Ron Paul the Republican primary is over. He’s too busy mucking up Mitt Romney’s efforts to accumulate enough convention delegates to officially claim the GOP nomination for president.

Paul’s supporters won control of state GOP conventions in Maine and Nevada last weekend, stripping Romney of delegates in Maine but graciously letting him keep the ones he won in Nevada’s February caucuses. Next up: Republican state conventions in Minnesota, Missouri, Louisiana and Iowa.

“I don’t think they’ll be able to ignore us completely,” said Kevin Erickson, a pastor from northeastern Minnesota who rescheduled a surgery to qualify as a national convention delegate for Paul.

The father of five supports his family on a single income but said he’s budgeted about $6,000 to attend the GOP’s August convention in Tampa. A lifelong Republican, Erickson said he’s working hard for a platform that denounces what he sees as a weakening of due process when it comes to detentions authorized by the USA Patriot Act. He expects to have plenty of company.

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