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Mitt Romney loyalists, seeking a show of strength and solidarity at next week’s GOP convention, struggled Friday to placate restless Ron Paul supporters while also weakening the powers of such insurgent candidates in future Republican primaries.
‘‘It sends the message that when the establishment doesn’t get the outcome they want they will use the process to change it,’’ said Mike Rothfeld of Virginia, who tried in vain to block the ouster of Maine’s delegates partial to Paul. ‘‘It will not be good for the party. It will not be good for Mitt Romney.’’