OMAHA -- The Nebraska Republican Party has hired extra security to help keep order at the upcoming state convention in Grand Island, reflecting the party's fear of the kind of raucous upheaval seen at other state GOP conventions.

Nebraska GOP Executive Director Jordan McGrain says the extra security is meant to quash any disruption between supporters of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and those of Texas Congressman Ron Paul at the July 14 convention.

Paul stopped actively campaigning for president in May, but his supporters still are trying to win delegates in states in an effort to get his name into nomination at the GOP national convention next month in Tampa, Fla.

Nebraska's GOP convention is the last shot Paul supporters have; it's the last state convention held in the country.

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