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UPDATE: Ron Paul fans holding onto fantasy he will magically become candidate

By Carrie Mihalcik / current.com

“Romney has won nothing!!”

“With the Tampa convention being the fat lady this event is far from over.”

Those are just some of the comments Ron Paul supporters made Tuesday when they learned thatMitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination with a victory in the Texas primary.

“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee,” Romney said in a statement released by his campaign. “On November 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness.”

Romney surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed Tuesday with a win over Rep. Ron Paul.

But for die-hard Paul supporters it still isn’t over. It may never be over. They’re still planning what appears to be the Coachella of political parties “Paul Festival 2012″to take place right before the Republican convention in Tampa.

The Paul fervor continued Tuesday on Twitter.

“Ron Paul’s campaign is far from over,” tweeted @Isajazgon.

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Ron Paul Fans Are Pre-Gaming The Republican Convention With A Massive Party

Ron Paul fans will close out the Texas Congressman’s third and final White House bid with a three-day festival/rally, scheduled to take place in Tampa immediately before the Republican National Convention.

Organizers are putting final touches on an agreement tohost the event at the Florida State Fairgrounds, and are alsoreaching out to Paul-friendly activists, celebrities, and musiciansto appear at the event.

“We thought it would be a great thing to be honoring the message that Ron Paul has been delivering for the last 30 years,” organizer Bryan Siemon told Business Insider. “On top of that, we thought it would be great to honor those who have worked in the last four years, and who have made a lot of inroads in getting involved in politics.”

Neither Ron Paul nor Rand Paul has committed to attendingRon Paul Festival, but Siemon said he believes the Pauls’ people are just waiting to make sure attendance is high enough to warrant an appearance. He estimated that between40,000 to 100,000 people will attend the event.

Siemon added that Ron Paul Festival will also serve as a pre-game rally for Ron Paul’s national convention delegates, which could number up to 1,000, according to one source familiar with the campaign’s internal delegate count. Festival planners are organizing”Ronvoys”to bus these delegates down to Tampa, and have also started a “sponsor-a-delegate” fundraiser to help pay for travel and lodging costs.

But Siemon stressed that the goal of the festival is not to whip delegates into a frenzy going into the convention.

“Hopefully the festival is where they’ll get all of the yelling and screaming out, so by the time they get to the convention, they’ll do what Dr. Paul is asking,” he said. “It’s definitely a celebration, not a protest.”

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'Ron Paul Festival' Could Bring 100k Supporters to GOP Convention

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a campaign rally at the Grand Sierra Hotel in Reno, Nevada.

More details are emerging about the plans of Ron Paul supporters to stage a special “Ron Paul Festival” leading up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.

The festival is to feature speeches, rallies, and entertainment for the three days immediately prior to the opening of the GOP convention. Organizers say they expect up to 100,000 people to attend.

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The event is to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, not far from the convention site in Tampa.

Organizers also say that they expect an appearance by Paul, the lone remaining challenger to Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, and possibly his son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, if the crowd at the festival is sufficiently large.

Some Republican party officials and Romney supporters are concerned that the festival might be a prelude to demonstrations on the streets and protests on the convention floor by disappointed Paul backers who don’t support Romney as the presumptive nominee.

But festival organizer Bryan Siemon told Business Insider, “Hopefully, the festival is where they’ll get all of the yelling and screaming out,” so by the time they get to the convention, they will heed Paul’s call for civility and respect for their political adversaries.

Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog “Ken Walsh’s Washington” and is the author of “The Presidency” column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at kwalsh@usnews and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ron Paul backers protest GOP hearing

Dozens of Ron Paul backers showed up at a state Republican Party meeting last night to protest what they say is a manipulation of power aimed at decreasing their influence at the partys national convention.

A 14-member GOP committee charged with allocating delegates to the convention held a closed meeting at the Holiday Inn to discuss whether three delegates and three alternates selected at the Fifth Congressional District caucus should be invalidated.

None of the Romney-backed delegates won any of the six seats for the district, which as a result of redistricting will include Framingham, Natick, Sudbury and Southborough in 2013. It presently is anchored by Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill.

One of the unsuccessful members of the Romney slate challenged the results.

The complaint filed with the Massachusetts Republican Party alleges that those who attended the April 28 caucus at Nevins Hall in Framingham were not asked to sign a form under the pains of perjury certifying they were registered Republicans. As a result, the complaint contends, the results should be invalidated and new delegates chosen at the direction of the committee which selects delegates.

Brad Wyatt, a Paul backer and organizer for the Paul-allied Ronald Reagan Unity Liberty slate, said the complaint seeks to capitalize on a technical glitch that none of the delegates elected had anything to do with.

Those at the caucus still had to check in with workers using Republican voting lists at the front door, he said, so it is unlikely that the results which he said were overwhelming for Unity candidates could have been swayed by phony voters.

Stephen Zykofsky, chairman of the state committee that wrote the rules surrounding the 2012 caucus, said last night that the GOP shouldnt invalidate the results.

According to the rules, the Romney camp needed to challenge any procedural part of the caucus while it was taking place, Zykofsky said.

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Ron Paul Festival, coming to the Republican National Convention

Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) are planning a confab of their own in the run-up to this summers Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). (Justin Sullivan Getty Images) Paul Festival, as the event has been dubbed, is expected to take place during the three days leading up to this summers GOP convention, from Aug. 24 to 26.

The slated venue is the Florida State Fairgrounds, and as many as 20,000 people per day are expected to attend, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which interviewed Paul supporters who are organizing the event.

The venue is about 10 miles away from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the Republican National Convention.

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According to the organizers, logistics for the event are being spearheaded separately from the Paul campaign by a group called Liberty Unleashed.

Paul spokesman Gary Howard said that the Texas congressman currently has no plans to attend the event.

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Ron Paul Supporters Organizing Pre-Convention Festival

May 29, 2012 3:49pm

In the days leading up to the Republican National Convention, Tampa could see a very different political gathering just blocks away.

Ron Paul supporters are organizing Paul Festival, to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Aug. 24-26, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin the next day, Aug. 27, eight miles across town at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Ron Paul currently has no plans to attend, spokesman Gary Howard wrote in an e-mail to ABC News. The festival organizers are not affiliated with Pauls campaign.

On its website, the festival promises music, entertainment, and activism. The Tampa Bay Times reported that organizers are in negotiations with the fairgrounds and have contacted local hotels about reserving blocks of rooms. One organizer estimated the event could draw 20,000 or more people per day.

Tickets are not yet on sale, but the website advertises several Ronvoys to transport attendees from as far away as Spokane, Wash., Phoenix, San Francisco, and Dearborn, Mich.

In 2008, Paul held his own kind of counter-convention, a rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis, as the Republican National Convention was underway at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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Ron Paul festival pitched before GOP convention

TAMPA Supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul are negotiating to hold a three-day festival of music, entertainment and activism at the Florida State Fairgrounds immediately before the Republican National Convention.

Paul Festival 2012 would run from Aug. 24-26, ending the day before the convention begins.

Details like ticket prices and who would be on stage have not been announced, but the festival could draw 20,000 or more people a day, estimated Deborah Robinet, an organizer who lives near San Diego .

“Ron Paul supporters are very enthusiastic, and there’s going to be a bunch of them in Tampa,” said Robinet, one of five directors of the nonprofit group Liberty Unleashed, which was incorporated this month in Florida to make arrangements for the festival.

Robinet said she expects the variety to reflect a saying of the movement: “Diversity finds unity in the message of freedom.”

“That’s one of the things about Ron Paul,” said Robinet, who helped organize a July 2008 march for Paul that attracted 15,000 in Washington, D.C. “He unites people from all over the political spectrum. ”

The fair’s 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre already has two concerts not related to the convention booked that weekend but that is not expected to be a problem. With 355 acres, the fairgrounds has room for both the festival and the concerts.

“It’s not out of the ordinary to have two events going on the same day,” fair spokesman Scott Merselis said.

Paul said earlier this month he was suspending active campaigning, but his followers have been working individual state GOP conventions to secure delegate positions at the national convention.

Still, festival organizing group Liberty Unleashed is separate from the campaign. “We’re just nonpaid grass-roots activists who support Ron Paul’s message of freedom,” Robinet said. “We have nothing to do with the campaign.”

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Mass. GOP’s move to invalidate caucus ballots

A month after former Governor Mitt Romneys loyalists were trounced by supporters of Ron Paul in his home state caucuses, the Massachusetts Republican Party is trying to invalidate results – a move that has infuriated rank-and-file Republicans who accuse establishment insiders of bending the rules to their own benefit. The challenges could change the makeup of the delegation that Massachusetts is expected to send to the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, though it wont affect the Republican nomination for president. Based on Romneys strong primary win in Massachusetts, the delegates to the convention are all committed to vote for him and Paul has dropped out of contention.

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Grandfather’s Millions Make Paul Fan a Political Player

John Ramsey became old enough to buy a Carlsberg nine months ago. The 21-year-old college student from east Texas isnt old enough to serve in Congress. His intellectual role model, U.S. Texas Representative Ron Paul, has been in Congress 22 years — longer than Ramsey has been alive.

Yet, Ramsey is leaving a mark on U.S. politics that may outlast his political mentor and presidential candidate, Paul. The college senior spent $1.3 million of his own money to create a super-political action committee, Liberty for All Super PAC, that backs candidates who endorse what Ramsey calls freedom philosophy. The dogma includes policies championed by Paul, such as supporting free-market economics, protecting civil liberties, slashing government spending and opposing most U.S. military action.

Ramseys super-PAC passed its first test on May 22. It spent more than $561,000 on television and radio ads to help Tom Massie, a Kentucky engineer, defeat two experienced politicians in a House Republican primary election. Ramseys super-PAC spent more than any of the candidates.

This is the first step. Were looking to spread our message, Ramsey, whod shed his afternoon blue-jeans for a gray suit, told about 20 people in their teens and 20s who gathered for a victory party at one of the PACs headquarters in Bellevue, Kentucky.

Towering over the other attendees at 6-feet, 7-inches, the one-time, daily tennis player still finds time for matches — as well as hunting and fishing — between his political project, investments and studies.

Ramsey attends Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where hes several courses shy from a double-major in business economics and finance.

He enjoys studying central banking systems, including the European Central Bank and the U.S. Federal Reserve, which, like Paul, he says should be audited. Among his favorite authors is Frederic Bastiat, a French economist who promoted free markets as a source of economic harmony in the early half of the 1800s.

His interest in economics and finance comes from his grandfather, Justin Robert Howard, a banker who died on Thanksgiving 2010 and left a fortune to his survivors, including Ramsey and his two older siblings.

Howard — Big Papa to Ramsey — taught me about cash- flow statements and P/E ratios as a young teenager, Ramsey said. He manages his own portfolio, which includes interests in energy, real estate and timber.

Im involved in a lot of investments that are not linked to the dollar, he said. Thats my favorite way of diversifying, whether it be through alternative currency, gold, through companies that do mining in precious metals. Thats my number one goal now, to diversify from the dollar more and more.

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Politics 2012: Ron Paul strategy keeps things interesting

When he bowed out of actively campaigning to capture the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul said he wasn’t interested in disrupting the party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.

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When he bowed out of active campaigning to capture the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul said he wasn’t interested in disrupting the party’s national convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.

The libertarian Texan said he would focus on gathering as many delegates at state GOP conventions as he could going into Tampa — and he’s making good on his promise.

Even after collecting the lion’s share of delegates at the state convention in Minnesota — where a Paul-backed candidate will square off against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in November — as well as other states, Paul has a long way to go to catch Mitt Romney.

Going into the Texas primary Tuesday, Romney was about 150 delegates shy of mathematically capturing the 1,144 needed to win the party nomination. Paul had about 120.

But the legion of Paul supporters will tell you those numbers aren’t correct, either, since they don’t include unbound delegates who are Paul backers and don’t account for Romney delegates who could go rogue in Tampa. Which would make things uncomfortable for Romney and the Republican establishment.

Robin Koerner, a member of the grassroots movement backing Paul, says Paul may not get 1,144 delegates, but “there are big, big numbers” backing him, perhaps enough to block a first-round nomination for Romney and force a second round that he says Paul could win.

If there aren’t enough delegates to make a floor fight worthwhile, Paul backers must decide whether further action is warranted, risking the possibility of looking like sore losers, said Koerner, founder and editor of WatchingAmerica.com and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

He also said it was possible “creative chaos” could result if “something dishonest seems to be happening at the national convention … where supporting Romney contributes to creative chaos.”

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