SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul trumped presumptive nominee Mitt Romney in Nevada’s national delegate count Sunday, but he will only be able to parlay those supporters into votes for his long-shot bid at the national GOP convention if Romney fails to win the nomination in the first round.
Of Nevada’s 25 delegates elected to go to the national convention, 22 openly support Paul and three back Romney. The state’s three other automatic delegates are state party officials.
Romney won Nevada’s caucus in February with half of the vote. Under party rules adopted last fall, Romney was to get 20 of Nevada’s 28 delegates for the national convention, and Paul was to get eight.
Paul backers say delegates will abide by those rules in the first round of balloting at the national convention in Tampa.
The Nevada convention wrapped up at noon Sunday after it dragged into a second day.
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