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RNC urges Maine to split Ron Paul delegates

Ron Paul won 21 GOP delegates in Maine. But the national party found problems with how the delegates were chosen.

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Ron Paul won 21 GOP delegates in Maine. But the national party found problems with how the delegates were chosen.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Republican National Committee on Wednesday found problems with the way Maine’s Ron Paul delegates to the party’s national convention were chosen and recommended that the Texas congressman’s supporters give up 10 of their 21 seats, Maine’s GOP chairman said.

But Ron Paul supporters said they won’t go along with any such deal.

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The RNC’s Committee on Contests determined that procedural rules were broken when the Ron Paul contingent took over the Maine GOP Convention in May and elected a slate of Paul supporters, said Charlie Webster, chairman of the Maine Republican Party and an undeclared delegate to next week’s convention in Tampa, Fla.

Mainstream Republicans filed a challenge to the Ron Paul slate, citing repeated violations of party and parliamentary rules.

Ron Paul supporters said they had broken no rules and have not agreed to any deal to give up delegates.

‘‘Basically our line is no deals, no compromises,’’ said Paul-supporting delegate Matt McDonald of Belfast. He called the committee’s finding ‘‘a recommendation but it’s not an official recommendation.’’

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