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GOP Insiders: Paul on track to get more delegates than Romney in Iowa

Former Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa says Paul may take first in the state, besting even Santorum
March 15, 2012

The Huffington Post, quoting “state insiders”, is now reporting that “Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are best positioned to win the most delegates in Iowa as the Republican primary process moves forward, making Mitt Romney the odd man out”.


* Steve Scheffler, one of the state’s three Republican National Committee members, says that the Iowa delegate count being reported by the AP and others — which shows Romney with way more delegates than Paul — is not valid or correct “at all”.

* Craig Robinson, who formerly served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa, laments that Ron Paul may win THE MOST  delegates in Iowa, i.e. 1st place. (Robinson was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses.)

* While numerous GOP members and media outlets imply that Paul supporters are hostile infiltrators, the article explains that “It’s not as if the Paul movement in Iowa is simply a bunch of outsiders crashing the gates of the state GOP”, noting as an example that “the state party chairman — as of early February — is another former co-chair of Paul’s presidential campaign in Iowa, A.J. Spiker.”

* “The common theme among Iowa Republicans who spoke with HuffPost is that Paul’s supporters have been the only ones who are noticeably aggressive and active so far in angling for delegate spots at the two remaining conventions in the state, all with an eye toward landing as many of the 28 delegate spots for Tampa as possible.”

Rick Santorum, Ron Paul On Track To Get Most Of Iowa’s Delegates“, Huffington Post, Mar 15, 2012

Man arrested protesting Ron Paul was uploader of video threatening to “shut down” Iowa caucuses“,  The End Run, Dec 31, 2011
Something Rotten In Iowa? The “Hacktivist Threat” Timeline“, The End Run, Jan 1, 2012

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