PORTLAND — A national Republican panel wants more information before it renders a decision about a complaint aimed at denying participation to 21 Maine delegates at the GOP convention in Florida.

The Bangor Daily News reports a hearing is planned for next week in Tampa.

Ron Paul picked up 21 delegates after the Texan congressman’s supporters took over the state GOP convention, but two Mitt Romney supporters filed a challenge based on alleged voting irregularities and procedural violations.

Paul finished a close second behind Romney in Maine’s February GOP caucuses but those results were nonbinding.

Romney’s presidential nomination during the Tampa convention is a forgone conclusion, but Paul’s supporters in Maine want a voice. Paul needs the support of at least five state delegations to be given a prime-time speaking slot.

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