By Samantha Hayes, for NEWS 9
Sept, 4, 2008
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Wednesday night belonged to Sarah Palin. In fact, everyone was so busy talking about her speech, that it may have gone unnoticed that the most important business of the convention, nominating the Republican candidate, happened after she left the stage, and after most folks who were watching probably had gone to bed.
Last night's roll call certainly lacked the drama of the Democrats' version last week, but a notable thing happened at the end. As I was trying to listen through each state's cheering delegation, I noticed a ghost of primaries past reemerging.
Texas congressman Ron Paul, who placed second in the Nevada and Montana caucuses, and created a huge following on the internet, received a few delegate votes: two from West Virginia, four from Washington, four from Oregon. And Alaska, where Palin is the governor, was listed with five delegate votes for Paul. That actually put him in second place, ahead of Mitt Romney's two delegate votes.
Romney spoke before Palin Wednesday night, and Paul, who held his own convention in nearby Minneapolis, did not exactly receive a warm welcome from the Republicans earlier in the week. On Tuesday, Paul told CNN that as a Republican congressman he "should have a pass to the floor, but they said, 'Your pass will be at the gate, and we'll pick it up when you leave, and you can't take anybody with you.' "
At the end of the roll call, a motion passed to make John McCain the nominee by acclamation. But I'm sure Paul will take his 15 official votes with him, as well as more than ten thousand people who bought tickets to his "Rally for the Republic" convention. Something tells me we haven't heard the last of the Ron Paul Revolution.