The Mainstream Media Calls ItSubmitted by NumberSix on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 22:27
Ron Paul's delegate insurgency has come to an end.
Supporters of the libertarian GOP presidential candidate fell short at the Nebraska GOP convention, where they had hoped to out-organize Mitt Romney's delegates and push Paul over a critical threshold that would have ensured him an official presence and speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.
As the last state where Republicans will hold a convention in which delegates are up for grabs, Nebraska represented the last chance for Paul's supporters.
Instead, Nebraska Republicans elected a slate of Mitt Romney delegates to represent the state in Tampa. Paul's supporters won only two of Nebraska's 35 national delegates, according to Laura Ebke, who leads the Nebraska chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus and who has led Paul supporters' effort to win delegates in the state.
Along with delegates from Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, and Minnesota, Nebraska could have given Paul the support of a plurality of delegates in five states; according to Republican National Committee rules, Paul would have been officially eligible as a candidate for the nomination at the Tampa convention. Organizers would be required to grant Paul's faction up to 15 minutes for a nominating speech.