Ron Paul’s campaign has been telling the media for months that his campaign is about out-organising the competition, about electing delegates at state GOP conventions, and moving Paul-aligned people into the local power-structures of the GOP. And it is working. According to the Christian Science Monitor, over the weekend, Ron Paul’s people absolutely swept through the state conventions in Maine and Nevada.
Paul won a majority of contested delegates in Maine. And he took 22 more delegates in Nevada, compared to 3 for Romney.
So what does it mean?
Mathematically, Paul can’t organise enough delegates to overtake the ones that are assigned to vote for Romney.
But he can gain enough clout within the party that he can force votes on his issues in meetings to determine the GOP platform. And his supporters could force a floor vote that will make the Republican convention look much more divided and contentious than the Democratic one.
He’s already setting himself up to take the second most-delegates to the Tampa convention (ahead of Santorum who out-polled him in most states). And that may guarantee him a prime-time speech.
But the real question is what do all these Paul-aligned people do the rest of this year and in the future, now that they are part of their local Republican party?
Paul’s campaign has injected a serious shot of libertarianism into the GOP bloodstream.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.