Ron Paul’s last hope of challenging Mitt Romney for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention comes this Saturday at the Nebraska state GOP convention. If he gets a plurality of delegates in Nebraska, Paul’s name will be put forward for nomination, and he will be given 15 minutes to speak before the first round of balloting in Tampa — an embarrassing situation that Romney wants to avoid.
With the stakes high, both the Paul and Romney campaigns are working hard to make sure their side wins in Nebraska.
Romney and Paul supporters have been “burning up the phone lines,” the executive director of the state GOP Jordan McGrain told the website Nebraska Watchdog.
According to the Republican National Committee’s rules, Paul needs a plurality of delegates from at least five states in order to have his name put forward at the convention. He currently has four: the delegations from Iowa, Maine, Minnesota and Louisiana. Nebraska is the last state to hold its convention, and could become the crucial fifth state for Paul.