Maine's Ron Paul delegates walk out of convention

6:37 PM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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A security agent rips a Ron Paul poster from a Virginia delegate after the vote on Maine during the Republican National Convention. ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Part of Maine's delegation to the Republican National Convention has left the building in a boycott over a decision to strip away half of the Ron Paul delegates.

Supporters of the Texas congressman tried one last time to appeal from the convention floor before walking out of the convention in protest.

The Republican National Committee stripped away 10 Paul delegates elected at the state convention and awarded them to Mitt Romney because of procedural violations. Despite their absence, the 10 Paul delegates were included in Maine's roll call vote, with 14 for Romney and 10 for Paul.

Mark Willis of Dennysville called the situation a "travesty" and said the Paul delegates were elected fair and square. He says that unlike other Paul-inspired delegations the Maine group never compromised.

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