Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul may not capture his party's nomination for president, but he's determined to play a key role in the process.
Paul's supporters propelled him to an historic win in Minnesota this weekend, his second this month, even as he is no longer actively campaigning.
With wins in Minnesota and the Maine caucuses, and delegate gains in multiple other states, Paul’s delegate-attainment strategy is in full swing.
In Minnesota, Ron Paul organizers won a decisive 12 of 13 delegates to this summer's RNC at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.
Earlier this spring, Paul supporters won 20 of 24 delegates at district conventions. In all, Paul's camp won 32 of the state’s 40 national delegates.
In addition to Paul’s consequential victory in Minnesota, organizers working for the Texan won delegates in Mitt Romney’s home state of Michigan.Of the 14 Congressional District voting contests held this weekend, Paul organizers won RNC delegates in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 9th Districts.
At the Vermont Republican State Convention this weekend, Ron Paul supporters won two of 14 national delegates and won 10 of 14 alternates.
Finally in Virginia, Paul supporters won 17 of 33 national delegates selected, with the remainder of the state’s 49 delegates to be selected in June.
However unlikely it is that Paul will knock off Mitt Romney and win the GOP nomination, his wins all but assure a role in shaping the party's future.
Odds of Paul winning enough delegates to deny Romney a win remain slim, but the more he wins, the more influence his supporters will carry.
These wins support the notion that Paul and his platform will be featured prominently at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.