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Ron Paul‘s quest for some role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month came to a quick, decisive end Saturday when the Nebraska GOP convention gave the bulk of its 35 delegates to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.
Paul needed to capture a majority of Nebraska’s delegates to guarantee an official role, speaking slot and nomination from the floor but came away with only two delegates.
Paul needed a plurality of delegates from five states to be eligible for nomination as a candidate from the floor of the convention. He had at least three — and possibly four depending on the outcome of the disputed Louisiana allotment — but without Nebraska, the effort became moot.
Nebraska was the last convention or caucus state. He must depend on the Romney and/or convention organizers for a speaking slot but he cannot be nominated from the floor under convention rules.
Some might find it ironic that Paul, who campaign on populism and the desires of the voter, had to depend on a back door process to try and gain a seat at the table in Tampa.
In the end, it was a futile effort.