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Spin Control

Paul forces pick up 4 delegates

Arizona Sen. John McCain may have the GOP nomination sewn up, but supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul picked up four national convention delegates and four alternates Friday at the Washington state convention.

McCain picked up the other 14 delegates and 14 alternates elected Friday. He'll get another 19 delegates on Saturday, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will get three, in what's expected to be a routine vote on the convention floor.

That means the final tally of Washington delegates headed to the national convention in Minneapolis should be 33 McCain, 4 Paul, 3 Huckabee.

In votes taken after the state delegates split into congressional district caucuses, Paul, a Texas congressman, had enough supporters to win two delegates and two alternates in Eastern Washington's 5th District and the same in Southwestern Washington's 3rd District, said Jeff Whiteside with the Paul campaign.

McCain swept the votes in the other seven congressional districts.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.