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  Ron Paul backers dominate Iowa GOP nominees for national convention
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Last EditedCraverguy  May 06, 2012 08:37pm
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AuthorJennifer Jacobs
News DateSaturday, May 5, 2012 05:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe majority of Iowans on the list to go to Tampa for the GOP national convention could be aligned with Ron Paul, a presidential candidate who represents a movement focused on limited government and constitutional principles.

Of the 13 delegates and 13 alternates elected today for the national convention, just one has publicly endorsed Mitt Romney for president – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. And just three others publicly supported Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucuses but is no longer in the race.

The national delegate slate is far from finalized yet, but if the Paul trend in the Iowa delegation continues, the upshot will be that the Iowa caucuses essentially had three winners: Romney on caucus night, Santorum after the certified vote, and Paul in the delegate count.

Some Iowa Republicans worry the upheaval could endanger their first-in-the-nation voting status. Iowa has long been on shaky ground, and the added criticism emboldens the argument that the Republican National Committee should strip Iowa of its coveted role as the central presidential testing grounds.

The at-large delegates nominated today are: Branstad; U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley; Margaret Stoldorf of Red Oak; Michelle Bullock of Ankeny; James Mills of Nora Springs; Steven Anders of Council Bluffs; Roger Leahy of Fairfield; Mark Hansen of Council Bluffs; William Johnson of Dubuque; Lexy Nuzum of Winterset; Andrea Bie of Waterville; David Fischer of Altoona; and Drew Ivers of Webster City.

Ten of the 13 have expressed public support for Paul, such as by donating money or volunteering for his campaign.
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