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Ron Paul racks up delegates in Minnesota, supporter wins Senate nomination

{mosads}The wins show that while Paul won’t campaign in any more states and has publicly admitted he won’t be the GOP nominee, his push to have some influence at the convention is far from over — and could create headaches for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Minnesota’s Republican Party has been a mess for quite some time — they were recently served with an eviction notice for failing to keep up with rent on their offices. While party officials have struggled to make ends meet, Paul’s supporters have out-organized traditional Republicans in the state — and are poised to have nearly full control of the state party going forward.

Minnesota state Rep. Kurt Bills (R), an ardent Paul supporter, beat the establishment GOP’s preferred choice, Army National Guard Captain Pete Hegseth (R), and will go on to face Klobuchar. The freshman senator had already seemed to be in good position for reelection, but the libertarian-leaning Bills’s nomination makes her nearly a lock for a second term.


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