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Liberty Bell Press: Ron Paul supporters dominate GOP caucus in St. Louis

Written By Liberty Bell Press Online on Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 3:08 PM


Delegates wait to have their votes counted during the St. Louis Republican caucus held Saturday at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. (Photo by Joel Currier / Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis GOP caucus voteST. LOUIS • Supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul dominated the Republican caucus in St. Louis on Saturday with a majority-vote victory over two other slates backing other Republican nominee hopefuls.

The slate backing Paul cast 158 votes in the non-binding caucus Saturday. The purpose was to choose representatives to a round of Congressional district meetings in April and June that will repeat the process to send 52 delegates from Missouri to the August convention in Tampa, Fla.The slate that primarily backed Santorum had 74 votes, while the Romney slate mustered 50 votes.Some 300 people packed the cafeteria at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park for today's caucus. Each caucus is run like a mini-convention, with participants electing a chairman and voting on rules, which determine if delegates are selected individually or in a slate,
if they are bound to a particular candidate, or if they move forward uncommitted.
Paul, a Texas Republican with a fierce libertarian streak, has polled low nationally but he has been able to pick up delegates thanks to scattered successes in states, like Missouri, using the caucus system.Most of Missouri's 142 caucus gatherings were held March 17, but St. Louis and Jackson County, which includes Kansas City, were given special permission to hold them this weekend, so as not to interfere with last week's St. Patrick's Day's events. Official results will not be known until next month.
A caucus vote was also being held today in Jackson County.
-Jake Wagman of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.
Joel Currier covers breaking news for STLtoday.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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