The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Ron Paul in presidential race for long slog with vast support the GOP ignores at its own peril

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January

Ron Paul's Granite State campaign headquarters is hidden in an industrial park and would be virtually impossible to find but for the gaggle of twenty-somethings smoking outside.

Step inside and you hear the buzz of activity — until an anxious campaign staffer acts like you've infiltrated Fort Knox and sends you away.

This is a grass-roots movement with a stealth operation working overtime not just in New Hampshire but in more than a dozen other states largely ignored by the rest of the Republican presidential field.

Its grandfatherly standard-bearer, the 76-year-old Texas congressman and retired pediatrician, is a long-shot to win the nomination. But he's well funded, well-organized and has a vast base of support that the GOP dismisses at its own peril.

"I've always voted Republican, but right now I would consider voting for an independent candidate," engineer Al Garnett said Friday while waiting for Paul to address a packed airplane hangar in Nashua.

Story here.

[Last modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 6:56pm]

    

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