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June 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

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Romney backers sweep final 10 delegates at state convention

Backers of Mitt Romney swept the last delegates up for grabs at the state Republican convention Saturday in Tacoma.

Romney supporters won all 10 at-large delegate slots, rebuffing calls from some Ron Paul supporters to give them two or three of those delegates.

The elections were to determine Washington's representatives to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer, where the GOP will formally nominate their candidate for president.

Romney had already wrapped up enough delegates nationally to win the GOP nomination, and has been endorsed by most of his former rivals.

But many Paul backers have continued to scrape for delegates, insisting the race is not over.

Paul backers at the Tacoma convention made a lot of noise, even booing Mitt Romney's son Josh during his speech on Friday.

But they were clearly outnumbered by Republicans who are ready to unite behind Romney in order to defeat President Obama.

In all, Romney won 34 of the 40 delegates up for grabs in Tacoma. Paul won five and Rick Santorum came away with one delegate.

All the delegates are bound to vote for their favored candidate on the first ballot at the national convention.

The state's final three delegate slots are reserved for state GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur and the state's two representatives to the Republican National Committee.

Wilbur praised the conduct of all sides at the convention, saying despite any tensions "there is more that unites us than separates us."


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