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Ron Paul delegates aim to stay on course for national convention

WASHINGTON — It's been more than two months since Mitt Romney captured enough delegates to claim — unofficially, at least — the Republican presidential nomination.

Matt McDonald is one of the 24 delegates who plans to represent Maine at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month. Unlike the vast majority of delegates nationwide, however, McDonald doesn't plan to cast his vote for Romney.

He and 19 other delegates from Maine are fighting to cast their votes for Ron Paul, whose 158 delegates equate to roughly one-10th of Romney's total.

"We are realistic," McDonald said Wednesday, "but for the integrity of the process, we were elected as delegates (for Paul) and we are going to go and support Ron Paul."


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