With the Republican primaries over as well this week, Ron Paul easily passed the 1 million vote mark.
The Texas congressman racked up more than 45,800 votes in the final three contests on Tuesday. He finished second in all three to John McCain, the presumptive nominee, with 22 percent of the vote in Montana, 17 percent in South Dakota, and 14 percent in New Mexico.
Paul is trying to win a speaking slot and platform influence at the GOP convention in September, when he could prove a fly in the proverbial ointment for McCain's coronation.
"Dr. Paul's grassroots supporters across the country are doing a tremendous job spreading our message, winning votes, and laying a strong foundation for the future," campaign spokesman Jesse Benton said in a statement today.
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