Rubio pal Nelson Diaz fights off Ron Paul-ites to win Miami-Dade GOP chairSubmitted by stu2002 on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 09:11
Miami Herald: Nelson Diaz, a member of Sen. Marco Rubio's inner-circle, was narrowly elected to lead the embattled Miami-Dade GOP on Tuesday night, narrowly beating longtime Republican executive committee member Emiliano Antunez.
Diaz, who otherwise might have walked into the post, barely won thanks to a spirited effort by Republicans inspired by former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. A large number of the newcomers won party posts during the GOP primaries in August.
One source put the vote at 56-54. Diaz confirmed he won by two votes.
Republicans said before the meeting that, if all the Paul-ites showed up, Antunez might have won. A few of them forgot to properly submit party loyalty oaths and some Republicans loyal to Diaz wanted to block them from party posts.
The meeting was closed, outgoing Chairman Ben Powell said earlier. Previous chair races were open to the press.
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