GOP Convention in Augusta 

Republican Party regulars fended off platform challenges from a libertarian bloc led by Ron Paul supporters at the GOP state convention Saturday and elected a full 12-member slate of at-large delegates endorsed by John McCain’s campaign to the September national convention.

State Republican Party Executive Director Julie O’Brien said it appeared that one of 18 elected national delegates – three were chosen from each of the state’s two congressional districts – would be a Paul supporter.

The at-large slate was led by luminaries of the Republican establishment including Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband, former Gov. John McKernan, as well as the two highest ranking Republican legislators – Senate Minority Leader Carol Weston of Montville and House Minority Leader Josh Tardy of Newport.