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Ron Paul quietly scores first popular vote victory – YAHOO!

 Texas Rep. Ron Paul secured his first popular vote victory of 2012 this weekend in the Virgin Islands. But although he won the most votes in the territory’s Republican presidential caucuses, he didn’t walk away with the most delegates.

According to results released by the Republican Party of the Virgin Islands, Paul received 112 votes, or 29 percent, to Romney’s 101 votes, a 26 percent share. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum received 23 votes and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich 18 votes.

Paul senior adviser Doug Wead declared victory in a statement posted to his website, but expressed irritation that most media outlets reported the Saturday announcement by Herb Schoenbohm, the territory’s GOP chair and a Romney supporter, that Romney had won the contest, before learning that Paul had indeed clinched the most votes.

Romney emerged with four delegates from the Virgin Island caucuses and Paul came out with just one. Delegates were elected individually, accounting for the disparity. One uncommitted delegate switched to support Romney after the vote.

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