Ron Paul’s presidential campaign is not done yet. This weekend, two months after the Texas congressman effectively ended his drive for the White House, his supporters will try to win a plurality of Nebraska’s convention delegates. If they succeed, Paul’s backers will have control over five state delegations, a marker that would allow him to be officially nominated for the presidency, and granted 15 minutes to address the party at the national convention next month in Tampa, Fla.
Mitt Romney won the state’s primary in May with 71% of the vote; Paul was third, behind Rick Santorum, with 10%. But the primary was nonbinding, meaning the results have no bearing on the makeup of the state’s 32-member delegation.
Paul supporters have achieved similar delegate victories in Iowa, Louisiana, Maine and Minnesota.
The 32 bound delegates selected Saturday will join three unbound delegates appointed because of their positions as high-ranking state Republican party officials.
Paul has not sanctioned a disruptive approach to the Tampa convention, and his campaign declined to comment on his supporters’ plans for the weekend in Nebraska.