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HENDERSON, NEVADA — A casual observer at Ron Paul‘s rally near Las Vegas Tuesday night would never have guessed that the Texas Congressman finished fourth in Florida’s Republican primary.The Texas Congressman brought down the house like a frontrunner, sending a mob of hundreds of excitable Ron Paul fans into a frenzy of cheers and chants.
“If enthusiasm wins elections, we win hands down!” Paul told the crowd, adding that he had called Mitt Romney to congratulate him on his win in Florida. “I told him he ran a good campaign—and that I’ll see him in the caucus states!”
If that sounds like a challenge, it’s because it is. The Paul campaign has long seen Florida as a sideshow, and instead focused their resources on states that will vote in caucuses this February.
In Nevada, Paul’s supporters have spent months building a formidable grassroots organisation, broadening the candidate’s activist base through aggressive coalition-building and caucus training. With just a few days to go before the state’s February 4th election day, the campaign now believes that it can rival the Mitt Romney machine here—and steal a good chunk of the state’s delegates away from the frontrunner.
“Now, it’s just one last push to get out the vote—we are sharpening the blade,” campaign spokesman James Barcia told Business Insider. “Morale is definitely high.”
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