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Sat., May 31, 2008, 7:37 p.m.

The convention’s a wrap, here’s a wrapup

A well-organized group of supporters for Sen. John McCain got just about everything they wanted Saturday at the Washington State Republican Convention, except maybe a meeting that ended on time.

The 1,500-plus delegates elected the slates of national convention representatives and electors to the Electoral College the McCain campaign wanted. Supporters of the presumed Republican presidential nominee used their majority to quash debate on most controversial issues on the platform, then filed out in an attempt to close off discussion of some resolutions.

That last maneuver almost backfired, however, as supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul remained in their seats and held onto enough delegates to maintain a quorum. That led to more than an hour of parliamentary maneuvering.

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