"As goes Maine, so goes the nation!"
That was the chant of about 200 supporters of Ron Paul on Wednesday, still smarting over a ruling that prevented 10 Paul delegates from Maine from being seated at the convention.
But instead of taking their protest to the convention floor, the group from Texas, Maine, Nevada and Colorado marched in the hallway outside the arena repeating the chant. A convention panel switched the Maine delegates from Paul to Mitt Romney last week, saying the Paul delegates were elected in violation of party and parliamentary rules.
Adding to the anger of Paul's delegates, the convention adopted new rules Tuesday designed to limit the ability of insurgent candidates win delegates in 2016.
Wearing badges that stated "Remember Maine 2012," the group was trailed by news media, cameras and security who guided the marchers to the exits without confrontation. They continued their march outside the arena toward nearby streets.
"We played by the rules, and they changed the rules," said Sherry Kornahrens, a Paul supporter from Reno, Nev.
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