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The Paul crowd

The Washington state Republicans could have a fun old time in Spokane this weekend at their convention – fun, that is, for Ron Paul supporters. For the party establishment, its mainstream and its backers of party presidential nominee-in-waiting John McCain, maybe not so much.

Because it turns out that about 40% of the delegates at the convention will be Ron Paul – anti-war, libertarian and distinctively different from the average McCain backer. What exactly they can do with what still would be less than half of the floor vote isn’t totally clear. But if the estimates we’re seeing are anywhere near right, the convention could be explosive.

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