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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



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.

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


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