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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  1. TheAmericanPatriot says:

    WE are MAKING the MSM take notice a little at a time …. VERY SOON the tsunami of news will hit.

    Rombama’s quest for 1144 delegates has peaked and now is going backwards …. he has fewer today than last week and fewer last week than last month ….. LET THIS TREND PICK UP SPEED.

    Regardless of RULE 38 or similar strategic advantages,

    CRYSTAL CLEAR is that Dr Paul’s electors will write the platform …. pick the VP … Make the rules AND his followers are the immediate future and direction of the GOP as we gain
    total control of the party state by state city by city …. GOOD BYE old party bosses HELLO individual freedoms.

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