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Ron Paul quietly amassing an army of delegates

Paul’s tightly-organised campaign is racking up delegates even in states where he did poorly in the popular vote. It’s all part of a complex system that could make Paul the election kingmaker.

While the Republican nomination race is focused on the ongoing battle between frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the Ron Paul campaign is waging an under-the-radar “delegate strategy” that could make the libertarian-leaning Texan the surprise kingmaker of the race.

In states that have already voted via a caucus system – rather than a straight primary ballot – Ron Paul supporters, such as Occupy Wall Street, are conducting an intensively organized ground effort aimed at securing as many convention delegate slots as possible, often in numbers that far outweigh the number of actual votes that Paul got in the ballot.

If successful, it means Paul’s campaign could arrive at the August Tampa convention at the head of an army of delegates far larger than the proportion of votes that it won during the nomination contest.

It could also increase the chances of a contested convention – where no candidate has enough delegates to declare the winner – as well as give Paul much greater ability to inject his beliefs into the Republicans’ 2012 policy platform.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/23/ron

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