Ron Paul Wins Maine, Nevada

The Ron Paul 2012 campaign is celebrating two victories this weekend in Maine and Nevada.  On its campaign website, the Paul camp asserts that it locked up both of those state's delegates with Ron Paul supporters.  Paul's victories come on the heels of last week's win in the delegate elections in Louisiana and Iowa.  The Paul camp also alludes to on its website that it had picked up a large number of delegates in Colorado and Massachusetts, 

Ron Paul's strategy of targeting non-binding caucus states where delegates are elected without regard to straw poll 'beauty contests' is finally paying off for Paul.  No longer can rivals say that 'Paul needs to win a state' because he has now one more states than Newt Gingrich who only won South Carolina and Georgia.

The wins in those four states pushes Ron Paul's delegate count to 201 delegates while at the same time pushing the projected delegate count for Mitt Romney to just under 800 delegates.  

There are still over 700 delegates up for grabs in the 2012 Republican Primary which is not enough for Paul to attain the 1,144 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination.   But there again lies another Paul campaign strategy which was to create an unlocked convention by denying the other candidates the ability to reach 1,144 votes.  If the convention became unlocked, the Paul supporters hope, the delegates at the Tampa convention would no longer be bound to vote for Mitt Romney and could for anyone, including Paul.

Two big primary elections are taking place within the next 30 days which will show if Paul has attained the 'ant-Mitt' choice of conservative Republican voters.  The first big primary election is in Texas on May 29, 2012 with 155 delegates at stake.  The second big primary will occur in California on June 5, 2012 with 172 delegates at stake.

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