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2012 Presidential Election
9:27 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Meets Expectations, Takes Second in New Hampshire

Photo by Texas Tribune

In the end, no one was really surprised.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul survived the New Hampshire primary Tuesday with his runner-up status intact. The candidate had been polling in second place for days, and voters proved the surveys right. 

Though the candidate could not overtake former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's commanding lead, the second-place finish will give his campaign another kick-start in fundraising and momentum as it moves to the first-in-the-South primary Jan. 21 in South Carolina.

"We've had a victory for the cause of liberty ... and there's no way they're going to stop the momentum," Paul said Tuesday night in a speech laced with underdog rhetoric and aimed at his fans across the country. "We are dangerous to the status quo!"

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2012 Presidential Election
8:32 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Romney Wins N.H. Primary; Paul Captures Second

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., after winning the state's primary on Tuesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:08 am

It's just the first Republican primary. But a convincing win in New Hampshire should give former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney considerable momentum in his quest toward the GOP nomination.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had more than 39 percent of the vote. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was solidly in second, with about 23 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had secured third place, with nearly 17 percent of the vote.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:48 am
Tue January 10, 2012

It's Prime Time for Paul in New Hampshire

If the polls are any indication, it's unlikely that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will emerge as the victor in today's primary in New Hampshire. But he's strongly positioned to take second.

Finishing anywhere in the top tier would help to propel his campaign forward, said the University of New Hampshire's Dante Scala, an expert on the first-in-the nation primary.

Paul's following in the Granite State has been well documented in recent days. His fiscally conservative and anti-federal government stances, plus his non-interventionist foreign policies, attract a motley crew of supporters, from the young to the elderly, the most liberal to the ultra conservative.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

What GOP Candidates Need From New Hampshire

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 7:01 am

If the New Hampshire primary goes as widely expected, Mitt Romney should emerge the winner among the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. For weeks, polls in the state have shown him with a commanding lead.

But the 2012 campaign season has already delivered some surprises. Maybe New Hampshire will provide the latest in the series of unexpected twists?

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2:22 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

The Nation: Progressive Man-Crushes On Ron Paul

Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, greets supporters in Ankeny, Iowa after his third-place finish in the Iowa caucus.
Mark Kegans Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 8:46 am

Katha Pollitt is a columnist for The Nation.

What is it with progressive mancrushes on right-wing Republicans? For years, until he actually got nominated, John McCain was the recipient of lefty smooches equaled only by those bestowed upon Barack Obama before he had to start governing. You might disagree with what McCain stood for, went the argument, but he had integrity, and charisma, and some shiny mavericky positions — on campaign finance reform and gun control and... well, those two anyway.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:23 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Iowa Republican Caucus Results

With a meager ten percent showing in the Iowa caucuses, Governor Rick Perry says he is returning to Texas to reassess his political campaign. Read our story here and watch his speech here

Here are the latest results from across Iowa. 

  1. Mitt Romney 25% (Declared winner)
  2. Rick Santorum 25%
  3. Ron Paul 21% 
  4. Newt Gingrich 13%
  5. Rick Perry 10%
  6. Michele Bachmann 5%
  7. Jon Huntsman 1%


2012 Presidential Election
3:38 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Get To Know an Iowa Voter: Ron Paul Supporter Chuck Wheeler

Chuck Wheeler is a precinct captain in Des Moines, Iowa
Photo by Matt Largey, KUT News

Iowa Republicans choose their candidates for president tonight, and KUT has reporters following both Texans in the race: Governor Rick Perry and Congressman Ron Paul.

We’ve been talking with voters, and KUT’s Matt Largey in suburban Des Moines had this conversation with Ron Paul supporter and lifetime Des Moines resident Chuck Wheeler. 

KUT News: You’re going to be caucusing for Dr. Paul tonight?

Chuck Wheeler: Yup. I’m precinct captain of Precinct 54. We’ve been going at it since 7 a.m. this morning. The energy level is like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

I’ve been apathetic since 1984, and working with all these young people, it’s fun because I get their point of view and they get my point of view.

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2012 Presidential Election
2:04 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The Caucuses: A Quick Guide

Edward Lewis of Council Bluffs waved an Iowa state flag outside the Family Table Restaurant in Atlantic on Sunday, before the arrival of former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 1:11 pm

Those who remember newspapers might recognize this as a "clip and save." Maybe the more modern term would be a "cut and paste." Whatever, if you want some of the details and logistics about Tuesday night's caucuses in Iowa, here they are:

-- When: 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. ET).

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2012 Presidential Election
1:03 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Will Ron Paul Take Iowa?

Ron Paul's new ad airing in New Hampshire

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has confounded the Republican establishment by racing to the top of the pack in Iowa. Two polls out this morning show Paul either in second place behind Mitt Romney or tied in a statistical dead heat, leading New York Times’ columnist and statistician Nate Silver to place Paul within one percentage point of Romney.

Silver gives Romney a 42 percent chance of winning and Paul a 34 percent chance. A steady beat of mainstream Republicans have openly hoped Paul tanks in Iowa.

The latest is Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He sounds gobsmacked by the poll results in a Washington Post column today titled, “Seriously, Iowa? Ron Paul?”

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12:45 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

Sunday Roundup for January 1, 2012

Fireworks (and a lot of smoke) filled the air late Saturday, during the fireworks display capping "Austin's New Year" celebration.
Photo by Ian Crawford/KUT News

Happy New Year! A warm start to 2012 brought crowds to Auditorium Shores for ring out the old year, it brought some warm news to Ron Paul's presidential aspirations just ahead of Iowa GOP caucuses and 2012 could bring some warmth to people living on Austin's streets.

Austin Welcomes 2012

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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 pm
Sat December 31, 2011

Romney & Paul Neck and Neck

Texas Congressman Ron Paul's continues to run in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night.
Photo by Gage Skidmore/Texas Tribune

With the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses four days away, a new Des Moines Register poll show a razor-thin margin between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:27 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Paul Running Second in New Poll

A new CNN/Time/ORC poll puts Rick Perry in fifth place in Iowa, while Congressman Ron Paul runs virtually neck-and-neck for the lead.
Photo by Daniel Reese/KUT News

A new opinion poll of Iowa Republican voters shows an interesting shift, but no real gains for either Texas Congressman Ron Paul or Governor Rick Perry.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:36 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

New Paul Ad Hits "Washington Machine"

In a tough new ad, Iowa caucus frontrunner-of-the-moment Ron Paul takes out after the "Washington machine," "serial hypocrite" Newt Gingrich and "flip-flopper" Mitt Romney.

2012 Presidential Election
9:53 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Ron Paul Has Support In Iowa, But Old Issues Linger

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is anything but an establishment GOP candidate. Yet, he is at the top of the polls in Iowa, largely because his message appeals to more than just the typical Republican caucus-goer. That was made clear when he met John McCarthy and Michelle Godez-Schilling, both of whom attended a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa.

"I would like to say I'm an independent, and for the first time in my life I'm affiliated with one of the two major parties because of you," McCarthy told Paul.

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2:28 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

The Nation: Why Do GOP Bosses Fear Ron Paul?

In Paul We Trust? A supporter shows a coin with Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul's face on it during a town hall meeting in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on Dec. 21, 2011.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 7:48 am

John Nichols is the author of several books that examine the legacy of old-right conservatives such as Taft and Buffett, including: Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books).

Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism.

Not the corrupt, inside-the-beltway construct that goes by that name, but actual conservatism.

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