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Ron Paul gave a very long Super Tuesday speech in North Dakota last night, addressing more than 2,000 voters at a mega-caucus in Fargo, North Dakota. The speech has turned the statewide caucus into a Ron Paul rally, virtually guaranteeing that the dark horse libertarian candidate will take the vote in North Dakota’s largest city.
It’s another clever trick from the Paul campaign, which has put a high premium on efficiency throughout the 2012 primary. Rather than force the candidate to address donors and reporters at an election night “party,” the campaign used the requisite election speech to advance its ultimate goal — winning voters.
The Paul campaign is looking to pick up its first popular-vote win in North Dakota, one of 10 states holding Republican primaries on Super Tuesday. The campaign is also looking to make a strong showing in Idaho and Alaska, which also hold caucuses tonight.
UPDATE: Despite his visit, Paul lost the North Dakota caucus vote to Rick Santorum, 39.7% to 28%.
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