Insurgent Ron Paul Delegate Tricks Die In Nebraska

The efforts by some Ron Paul supporters to get their members onto enough delegate slates to allow Congressman Paul’s name to be placed into nomination in Tampa died last night in Nebraska:

It looks like Ron Paul isn’t going to be officially nominated for the presidency in Tampa.

His backers failed to win a plurality of delegate slots at the Nebraska GOP convention Saturday, leaving the Texas congressman short of the support necessary to have his name placed into contention at the national convention.

According to national party rules, a candidate needs a plurality of the delegates in at least five states to have his name presented for the nomination – by falling short in Nebraska, the last state to hold its convention, Paul came up one state short.

Here’s how Omaha’s newspaper of record put it:

In the end, the Paul revolution in Nebraska got smoked. Paul, a libertarian Texas congressman, won two of the state GOP’s 35 national convention delegates. Romney, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, won the rest.

“We did it the Nebraska way. In Nebraska, we can have our disagreements but, at the end of the day, we work together,” said Mark Fahleson, state GOP chairman.

Paul’s loss in Nebraska means he will not be guaranteed a speaking role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

It also means Gov. Dave Heineman does not have to worry about being embarrassed in Tampa.

Heineman was the first governor in the nation to endorse Romney. He spent considerable time mobilizing so-called establishment Republicans to back Romney.

“He was personally invested,” Fahleson said of the governor.

Heineman said he simply wanted the delegation to accurately represent Nebraska Republicans, who gave Romney more than 70 percent of their votes in the state’s presidential primary.

“We had a primary process. Mitt Romney won that and Ron Paul didn’t win a single state. I wanted Nebraska to reflect that,” said Heineman, who was not able to attend the state convention because he was at a National Governors Association meeting in Virginia.

In reality, this was never an effort that was officially endorsed by the campaign. Indeed, as I’ve noted before, Paul has told supporters that there was no way he could win the nomination and that he didn’t want them engaging in efforts that would cause problems at the convention in Tampa. Just days before the Nebraska convention, his campaign sent this email:

Dear _____:

Just last week, I sent you an email letting you know my staff would be following up with you shortly to tell you everything you need to know about our plans for the Republican National Convention.

My staff has been busy burning up the phone lines, so many of you may have already heard from them.

But because this email is so important, I wanted it to come directly from me.

For several weeks now, I’ve been up front about the fact that Mitt Romney has obtained enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination.

That fact hasn’t changed — and it’s not going to change.

Over the past few weeks, my staff and I have researched the numbers extensively.

We’ve come to the conclusion that even if by some miracle all delegates to the Republican Convention were unbound, I would receive approximately 300 votes at the National Convention — far short of the 1,144 needed to secure the Republican nomination.

It’s also come to my attention recently that many supporters believe a win at the upcoming Nebraska State Convention this Saturday could be an important step for my campaign’s success in Tampa.

While my campaign is hoping to do as well as possible there, I can’t imagine a scenario where my goals or my plans for our REVOLUTION in Tampa would change. They are:

*** Ensuring as many of my delegates as possible are credentialed.

There are many folks in the GOP who want my supporters to just shut up and go away, and they have resorted to every dirty trick in the book to game the system at various state conventions. You and I must ensure that as many of my supporters as possible are credentialed at the Republican National Convention.

*** Planting our flag.

Just by seeing a flood of my delegates in Tampa, you and I can respectfully send a loud and clear message that we are the future of the Republican Party. Seeing so many new and young faces at the RNC will show that despite their best efforts to maintain their iron grip over the Republican Party, our liberty movement is the future of the GOP.

*** Affecting the Platform.

By fighting for an internet freedom plank, Audit the Fed, and a plank opposing the indefinite detention of American citizens — and perhaps even opposing the so-called “PATRIOT” Act and undeclared war — you and I can prove we are a growing force in the Republican Party and perhaps convince more GOP elected officials to come our way on these critical issues;

As a National Delegate or Alternate, you’ve invested a lot of your time, talent, and hard-earned money into my campaign and our cause of liberty.

For that I am deeply grateful — and I can’t thank you enough.

I’m looking forward to going to Tampa and celebrating the success of my campaign, and more importantly, our bright future.

So if you haven’t yet done so, please CLICK HERE and register as a delegate or alternate so you can be kept up-to-date on our plans in Tampa.

And if you know of any other delegates in your state, please forward this email to them, as well.

I hope to see you in Tampa.

Obviously, Paul does not want something to happen at the convention that would cause problems, not so much for him (since he’s retiring) as his son. Something tells me his overly zealous supporters, who didn’t really listen to his previous exhortations, are going to comply with the request to be civil.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. sam says:

    The reports of his candidacy have been greatly exaggerated.

  2. Wow, your reading comprehension sucks, Doug. The email explains exactly what the Paul supporters were trying to do and why, and it’s not (as you suggest with no evidence) to cause a disaster at the convention.

  3. Xerxes says:

    I have heard from a reputable source that should something happen to Romney (like if he is compelled or coerced into withdrawing from the race before convention), it is a free-for-all and Ron Paul would have the advantage since 30% of Romney’s “pledged” delegates are Ron Paul supporters on top of the 27% convention delegates who already are Paul delegates!

  4. ernieyeball says:

    @Xerxes: (…like if he is compelled or coerced into withdrawing from the race before convention,..)

    Either Jesus will return or the Cubs will win the World Series before this happens.
    er…I guess it will have to be Jesus since the World Series is after the Republican Convention…

  5. kam says:

    ron paul has already won a plurality of delegates in 5 states maine, iowa, colorado, nevada, and minnesota

  6. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Just imagine what the Paul people would be like without psychotropic drugs, e.g., Adderall and Lithium.

  7. ernieyeball says:

    So 2 thumbs down and counting for Jesus and the Cubs…must be Stink Lewis fans of the Red Feathered River Rat…

  8. TrenchPress says:

    If you look at both sides you will see the truth. News manipulation is popular for points but not real news.

    But here is Ben Swann’s: 3 Facts About A Candidate’s Name Being Placed Into Nomination at RNC

    3. The Ron Paul campaign HAS the majority of delegates in the following 5 states: Nevada, Maine, Minnesota, Louisana, Iowa. He MAY have the majority in Massachusetts and Colorado
    read more:

  9. Big Bill says:

    Ron Paul will be nominated. The Lawyers for Ron Paul will see to that because they have the Federal law behind them which trumps all State law. Here is how it will play out. Ron will show up at the RNC. He will take the stage for his 15 minutes before the first ballot is cast. He will give a speech that will jaw drop most of the true Romney Delegates. They will then and there be sucked into the RP Revolution. And since they have now learned that they can vote for who they please because of the win in Judge Carters court they will dump Romney. Romney will then join his off shore bank accounts and weep him self to death.

  10. ernieyeball says:

    @Big Bill: Hope you have a good grip on yer balls because reality slipped away from you a long time ago!

  11. Big Bill says:

    Would some one please help me because I am sure I am going blind. I can not see the words bound or unbound in ruled 40. Now I know they have to be there because the Republican Party is using them to keep RP from being nominated.
    RNC Rule 40 “(b) Each candidate for nomination for
    President of the United States and Vice President of the
    United States shall demonstrate the support of a
    plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more
    states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of
    that candidate for nomination.”