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Ron Paul Reverberations: Romney Campaign Moves To Prevent State Convention Takeovers

FILE - In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, appears at a town hall m
FILE - In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, appears at a town hall meeting in College Park, Md. Paul picked up more delegates to the Republican National Convention Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, after his supporters reached a compromise over disputed delegates from Louisiana. Paul will get 17 of the Louisiana's 46 delegates in the compromise, said Charlie Davis, who served as Paul's campaign chairman in Louisiana. The rest of the state's delegates are expected to support Mitt Romney, the party's presumptive nominee. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mitt Romney's presidential campaign successfully pushed a rule change through the GOP convention rules committee Friday that would prevent future insurgent party movements, like that of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), from gaining support through an arcane state convention process and reversing the results of a statewide popular vote.

The rule seeks to stop activists from exploiting the multi-tiered selection process that happens mostly in caucus states, such as Iowa, where Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney were the first- and second-place finishers in the popular vote on Jan. 3, but Paul ended up winning most of the delegates to the national convention.

"Iowa will have to change the way they do it," said a Republican National Committee official.

Ben Ginsberg, Romney's top legal adviser, offered the amendment at the GOP convention's rules committee meeting here. Here is the text of the rule, which passed 56 to 40.

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