Ron Paul supporters still like their chances

by - April 17, 2012

Four years ago, James Smack grabbed the microphone at the Nevada Republican Party Convention to lead a revolt by Ron Paul supporters.

That attempt to take over the convention failed when the GOP convention chairman shut the 2008 meeting down.

Today, Smack is acting chairman of the Nevada Republican Party and among the vanguard of Paul backers methodically taking over the state and county parties from within. They've been promoting both the Texas congressman's ideas and his GOP presidential campaign.

"I'm a Republican first who happens to support Ron Paul," Smack said. "I want to get a more libertarian, conservative voice in the party. I want to make sure we have a voice at the table."

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