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Election Returns

There’s a good map here that breaks down the election returns and includes some third party numbers as well. Third party vote totals can be found here. Scrolling over each state shows more detailed third-party numbers.

Also, the Daily Paul has some numbers on the “Ron Paul” Congressional candidates across the nation.

Strangely enough, as usual, many states are being called with less than 50% returns and some even before ANY returns are showing.

Campaign Update from Ron Paul

Even Bigger Than Ron Paul

I’ve worked long and hard to promote Ron Paul and his message and will continue to do so however tough the odds may be (on both counts) . I love Ron Paul and have a huge amount of respect for him and his character and integrity and I certainly still hold out hope that he can win.

Ultimately though all of us who care about the issues Ron Paul is fighting for will be in this for the long haul regardless of what happens in the 2008 elections. If Paul is elected it will still be a struggle to implement changes and improve things — one that will last for years. If he is not elected then we are probably in for an even bigger struggle. I hope that those of us who are new to this “Ron Paul Revolution” will not give up and walk away if Paul does not win. He is a focal point, a leader and an example, but the message is bigger than the man. I believe Ron Paul feels the same way, as he often says: “freedom is popular”. Let us always keep a long term perspective and never allow temporary setbacks to deter us from doing what is right.

This is a good article from The Facts written by John Tompkins. It echoes my sentiments and also provides interesting detail and insight into both the Ron Paul Revolution and the man himself. (Mr. Tompkins has written a number of interesting articles which I recommend.)

 

Supporters: Movement bigger than Paul

Published January 18, 2008

When Ron Paul first announced he was considering a run for the Republican nomination for president in January 2007, he didn’t know what to expect.

He said then he was forming an exploratory committee — the initial step toward a formal campaign — because he was asked to by a strong contingent of supporters. After first telling them no, he decided to create the committee to see if there was any interest out there for a Paul presidency.

“I’m willing to do this and test the waters,” he said at the time.

Exactly a year later, a humble push for the Lake Jackson congressman has turned into a nationwide campaign. Powered by individuals rather than campaign organizers, it has turned into the most-financed Republican campaign in the last quarter of 2007 with $20 million in donations raised mostly through the Internet.

It has been supported by a group of very young and committed volunteers who love Paul’s views on ending the Iraq war, bringing back the gold standard, ending the federal income tax and abolishing federal agencies such as the CIA and IRS.

And Paul loves the attention to those views from the young people. While campaigning in South Carolina and New Hampshire, Paul never once turned down an offer to take a picture with a supporter, film a video introduction for a high school TV news program or sign a pocket-sized version of the Constitution.

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Who do the People Really Want to Elect?

If the number of meetup group supporters is any indication of the voice of the people, Ron Paul has all the candidates beat by a long shot.

Click here and scroll down for a quick view of each presidential candidates meetup group totals. Notice that Ron Paul has over 73,000 more meetup.com members than the next highest, Barack Obama who has around 5,600. Also take note of the activity level of the members and the fact that Ron Paul has members in 24 different countries.

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The Only “True Grassroots” Campaign

Drew Ivers, the Iowa Chairman of the Ron Paul Campaign, speaks about the strength of the Ron Paul Revolution calling it the only “true grassroots” campaign he’s ever witnessed during his many years of political campaigning. This speech was given after the recent CNN/YouTube GOP debates. He concludes by saying “we have 30 days. . . work your hearts out. . .”

Ivers notes that both Romney and Huckabee have likely “peaked too early” in the Iowa polls, which is setting up Paul perfectly to make a strong finish. Learn more about Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign here.

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“The Kids Are All Right”

From Lew Rockwell:
Ron Paul’s Appeal to the Youth by Anthony Gregory

Ron Paul has managed to do what no libertarian organization or electoral candidate ever has: Energize the masses of young Americans, all throughout the nation’s college campuses, including its most leftist, and get them interested in the politics of freedom and peace.

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Five For Freedom

I just sent in $5 to help the Ron Paul grassroots canvassing effort in New Hampshire. Click on the link above to send your $5. Ron Paul supporters from all over the country, mostly students, are flocking to New Hampshire in the coming weeks to knock on doors and spread the word. They need some monetary support.
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