Constitutional Federalist Ron Paul wins in the states of Maine and Nevada
- The fight for the soul of the GOP goes on.
Ron Paul’s presidential strategy is working – at least it did in Maine and Nevada Sunday, where he won the most number of delegates at state party conventions.
Over the weekend, his supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention, electing a majority slate of delegates.
In the second day of the Nevada GOP state convention, Nevada's national delegate count went in favor of presidential hopeful Ron Paul.
Of the Silver State's 25 Republican delegates elected to go to Tampa in August, 22 openly support Paul. Three support the presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.
The state's three other automatic delegates are state party officials.
"The status quo has been, no matter who we elect, it seems to stay the same. The wars stay the same. The federal reserve stays the same," said Paul, speaking at the GOP Nevada convention in Sparks Saturday night.
FOX5 political analyst Mitch Fox says the count won't change much for Romney.
"Because of the party rules, those delegates, half of them, have to vote for Mitt Romney. They're bound by the outcome of the caucus," Fox said.
Fox said Nevada is a not a non-binding caucus state, so even though those delegates support Paul personally, Romney still gets 20 of them.
According to Fox, that could change if Romney fails to win the nomination in the first round. But Fox said that's not likely.
"No one in their right minds thinks that Mitt Romney is not going to capture the nomination on the first ballot. So it's almost irrelevant."
However Fox said at this point Paul might be looking past 2012.
"He's looking to position himself, and perhaps even his son, Rand Paul, a senator in Kentucky for a possible presidential position," Fox said.
(WSFA - NBC News)
(Christian Science Monitor)
(Minnesotans for Global Warming)