“Mayhem,” “ruckus” and “insanity” are all words that are being used in the most recent news reports about Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s performance last weekend.
In Oklahoma, Paul supporters and those of Mitt Romney reportedly came to blows over the nominating process, necessitating police intervention.
Paul supporters, who numbered about 600 and made up about 40 percent of the convention, used various parliamentary procedures to contest rules. The Paul side fell short of electing their slate of delegates amid allegations of foul play.
In Arizona, where Mitt’s son Josh Romney was booed for pushing his father’s approved slate, the convention began relatively peacefully, but deteriorated once Romney supporters realized how many Paul backers were in attendance.
Policymic reports: “First, the convention’s leaders attempted to confuse voters by yo-yoing them back and forth between convention halls and the main floor. In that time, several cases of ballot stuffing were reported, as well as physical assaults on two Ron Paul delegates; but it was not enough.”
When it became evident that Paul was garnering impressive delegate support, the party chair reportedly shut down the convention.
The Paul campaign announced yesterday that it would no longer focus resources on campaign in States that have yet to hold primary votes, but would continue to focus on groundwork to grab delegates throughout the country.
It still remains unclear what power Paul will have at the Republican National Convention, but the option remains that his supporters will secure enough delegate seats to put him in a role of prominence.
A Rasmussen poll last week showed that Paul polls better against President Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup than establishment-choice moderate Romney. Paul edges out Obama by 1 percentage point, 44 to 43 percent. The survey also noted that in a hypothetical 2012 head-to-head, Obama and Romney are tied at 45 percent.