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As I exited the television studio and headed to my rental car, I began to run down the mental checklist. Yes, Ron Paul had fervent supporters, but weren’t too many of them from out-of-state to make a difference for Paul in New Hampshire? Could he really place third?
I ran into a group of Ron Paul campaigners, all from out of state, and put it to them. I asked whether those campaigning with them were mainly from New Hampshire or from elsewhere?
One of the Paulites quickly answered that a high percentage — probably 80 percent — were from in-state. Then, he paused to think about that for a second and changed his answer. He said that just about everybody he had met campaigning so far had actually been from out of state. He added that maybe he had just interacted with the wrong people.
Maybe so, but it seems odd that both of us would have the same experience. It’s possible that when the votes are counted tonight, Ron Paul’s virtual campaign will have failed to take root in New Hampshire soil.
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