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Paul gets first superdelegate in show of strength in IA

by: Matt

Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 13:27:44 PM EST

Former Iowa chairman Matt Strawn stepped down recently in the wake of the vote-count fiasco, creating an vacancy on the superdelegate list. This morning, Ron Paul Iowa co-chair AJ Spiker was elected the new chairman of the Iowa Republican State Party, giving Paul his first superdelegate. It is also a clear sign of organization strength for the Paul campaign, in their their quest to get excess delegates out of the caucus states, and it makes tonight's Maine results even more interesting.

Update from the Des Moines Register:

Ames Republican A.J. Spiker is the new chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, according to members of the state GOP central committee.

Spiker is a real estate agent and a central committee member. He’s well known for his strong backing of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The previous GOP chairman, Matt Strawn, resigned Friday.

The 17-member state central committee voted 9-8 today to elect Spiker. Others vying for the post were state GOP co-chairman Bill Schickel and Polk GOP co-chair Dave Funk.

Here's the current superdelegate count:

Romney:   18
Gingrich:  3
Santorum:  1 
Paul:      1
Matt :: Paul gets first superdelegate in show of strength in IA

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