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National Review: Ron Paul, Ames Contender

Is Ron Paul the candidate to beat at Ames this year?

The Texas congressman may be sixth in the national polls, according to the RealClearPolitics average, but when it comes to winning straw polls, no one is better. Smart organizing and an especially dedicated base propelled Paul to victory at the CPAC straw poll in both 2010 and 2011. More recently, Paul won the straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference this June, beating a crop of popular GOP candidates, including Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. While attention is focused on the Bachmann–Pawlenty rivalry (and how many write-in votes possible candidate Rick Perry can score), Paul may just swoop in and be in the top three — or win outright.

"He is slowly emerging as a very real contender at Ames," says Tim Albrecht, communications director for Iowa governor Terry Branstad and Mitt Romney’s Iowa press secretary last cycle. "If he just starts [with] that base that he turned out [in 2007], and then turns out just a fraction of his caucus goers, all of a sudden he can turn out what it takes to win. I certainly think he’s in a strong position to have a top-three finish."

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Yea....okay National Review.

Yea....okay National Review. He is in sixth place with THREE people that haven't even announced!!! THREE OF WHICH AREN"T EVEN ON THE STRAW POLL BALLOT.

Anything to discredit the frontrunner.

Someone needs to reply to

Mike Bergsma's comment on that article. I don't have the time right now.

He's right about the truthers

Bergsma is right about this:

At Ron Paul rallies, the "new" Republicans will start chanting "9-11 was an inside job" and Ron Paul does nothing to stop them.

There's no telling how much political damage the "truther" element, and Ron Paul's tolerance of it, causes the campaign, and his chances to win.

"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."


Great to see this on National Review!

This is a good article to send to crusty older conservative types. My older brother used to send me National Review when I was in junior high...strange. I enjoyed it...

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Sure is--and the comments are

Sure is--and the comments are excellent so far..

Fix your link.

The "continuation" leads to a different article.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Thanks for your notice; the

Thanks for your notice; the link has been fixed.

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Thanks for your correction;

Thanks for your correction; the link has been fixed.

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