Michele Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll last August. Then, Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucuses in January. Then, the state party announced that, no, Romney didn’t win. Santorum really won. Now, Ron Paul’s campaign said it won. Here’s why…today, Iowa Republicans held their state conventions. Paul supporters dominated the delegate voting with their organizational strategy. What will they do with this newfound power when they travel to the party’s national convention in Tampa this August, especially since Paul has already quit campaigning and said he won’t be the nominee? One way or the other, the Paul faithful could show their influence.
Here’s a statement Paul’s people sent out:
as Dr. Paul wins 21 of 25 delegates elected
in the nation’s most politically important state
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul has won a significant majority of Iowa’s Republican delegates to the national convention in Tampa.
Dr. Paul won 10 of 13 delegates elected at today’s state convention in addition to having won 11 of 12 delegates elected at last night’s district conventions, for a weekend total of 21 of 25 contestable delegates, all unbound.
Dr. Paul’s victory in the Hawkeye State affirms his delegate-attainment strategy and it has the added benefit of having occurred in the first-in-nation voting state, also a swing state.
“We thank the many Iowa Republican activists for working tirelessly toward this meaningful victory, in particular the work they performed in the service of constitutional government and personal liberty. This win is a real validation for our campaign and its many supporters in Iowa and across our great nation,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
“We look forward to bringing the Ron Paul delegation to Tampa and to making a significant, positive contribution to the 2012 Republican Party Platform,” added Mr. Benton.