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National GOP nixes Ron Paul claim to Louisiana delegates

The national Republican Party is supporting the Louisiana state party over supporters of Ron Paul in a dispute over the delegation to represent the state at the national convention in Tampa.

The Times-Picayune reports that the Republican National Committee's Committee on Contests affirmed state party chairman Roger Villere's conduct of the state convention in Shreveport. It released its decision late Friday in Washington, D.C.

Charlie Davis, who led Paul's campaign in Louisiana, says he's looking forward to presenting their case on appeal in Tampa. They contend that the state party made illegal last-minute rule changes to thwart a Ron Paul majority elected in congressional district caucuses in April.

Paul delegates wound up holding a separate convention.

Villere says the Committee on Contests was their best chance.

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