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McCain supporters dominate WA state GOP convention

Associated Press - June 1, 2008 1:25 AM ET

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Supporters of Sen. John McCain's presidential bid got what they wanted at the Washington State Republican Convention today, with a "unity" slate of delegates to the national convention supporting the Arizona senator.

Supporters of Texas congressman Ron Paul mounted a sizeable presence at the convention in Spokane, but in the end an agreement was reached with supporters of Paul and other GOP presidential hopefuls. A slate of 33 delegates for McCain, four for Paul and three for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will represent Washington Republicans at the national convention this summer in St. Paul, Minn.

McCain supporters among more than 1,500 delegates at the state convention used their majority to quash debate on most controversial platform issues.

Jon Wyss, Eastern Washington coordinator for the McCain campaign, told The Spokesman-Review newspaper of Spokane that he was "extremely happy with how things went."

He says the main goal was to elect their chosen slate of delegates to the national convention, where McCain will be nominated. He says debate over stacks of resolutions were only a sidelight to the McCain campaign's real concern, which is the national platform.

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