Likely to present challenges for McCain in tight contests
LAS VEGAS | Dueling delegations pitting Ron Paul’s Nevada supporters against those of John McCain vow to take their fight to the Republican National Convention.
That’s just one sign that the outsider, Internet-fueled movement led by the feisty Republican congressman from Texas remains afloat in the wake of the Arizona senator’s victory in the Republican primaries.
In the libertarian-leaning West, where Mr. Paul’s message of distrust of the federal government and ardent individualism played particularly well, there is talk of Republicans straying from Mr. McCain. Libertarian candidate Bob Barr has emerged as a favorite alternative for Paul activists, followed by Constitutional Party candidate Chuck Baldwin.
Even if the numbers of such dissenters are small, they could spoil Mr. McCain’s chances in tight contests in key Western states, experts say.