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August 29, 2012 06:00 PM

SD Delegates Say Republicans Are United

Iowa is considered one of the swing states for both presidential candidates.  Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, the Hawkeye state cast 22 of its 28 votes for Texas Congressman Ron Paul.  Now some are wondering if that's going to cause some division within the Republican party and ultimately cost Romney the election.

Representative Ron Paul, who never won a primary or caucus, drew several dozen delegate votes at the Republican National Convention, including most of Iowa's and Minnesota's.

Some of his supporters chanted and even booed after Paul's votes were ignored by the party while being tallied at the podium.

But South Dakota's delegates, who are at the convention, say don't read too much into that because in the end, Republicans were united. 

"What I got from them and others around, it was more like cross-state rivalries.  Some ribbing, cheering for your team kind of thing, but like I said in the end, they were very supportive of Mitt," South Dakota Delegate Brian Gosch of Rapid City said.

Others in attendance say it's time for everyone to rally behind one man because focusing on the past will not get them to the future.

"That's what we need to focus on right now because there needs to be change and we can change it by pulling together," South Dakota alternate delegate Holly Hoffman said.

Hoffman also had breakfast Wednesday morning with Ann Romney. She feels Ann will help her husband win over female voters.

"Look at what she's done.  Stay-at-home mom, one of the hardest jobs there is.  Just being a positive role model whenever she speaks; she speaks from the heart and so many women have a connection with her.  And I felt after last night, she spoke about here relationship they have, I felt like I had a new best friend and she really connects with women," Hoffman said.

In the end, Ron Paul received 190 delegate votes.

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