January 8, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is pushing for a strong second-place finish in Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, where his Libertarian-style campaign seems to resonate with the state’s independent-minded voters and young people.
The latest Suffolk University tracking poll, released Friday, puts Paul at 17 percent, behind runaway front-runner Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who has a home in the Granite State and holds a strong lead with 40 percent.
But Paul’s enthusiastic supporters say they expect a surge in the “Live Free or Die” state, home to the Libertarian Party’s Free State Project, a movement to get thousands of people to move to New Hampshire from around the country beginning in 2004 to influence the political process.
“Many of the Republicans here are Libertarians,” said Seth Cohn, a GOP state representative who moved to the Granite State in 2004 from Oregon as part of the Free State effort.
A Paul supporter, Cohn said, “I think it’s a good state for him. I think he’s about independence. He challenges the status quo on everything.”
This article was posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 6:19 am