The Republican presidential candidates took the stage in New Hampshire on Wednesday.
DURHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul were out in force Wednesday, as eight GOP candidates took the stage for the second presidential debate in this important primary state.
While some people chanted "Ron Paul, Ron Paul" others waved signs that read, "New Hampshire Says Live Free with Ron Paul or Die." In the air, a visible Ron Paul banner circles the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center, the site of the debate.
One Paul supporter, Paul Palazzolo, a 22 year old graduate degree student at UNH, has made every effort to promote Paul throughout a campus with 16,000 undergraduates.
"Last night, my friend and I chalked the entire campus with Ron Paul's name for three and half hours. " Palazzolo said with enthusiasm.
His friend, Stephen Campbell, does not even attend UNH. Campbell is currently a student at UCLA and plans to bring Paul to campus when he starts in a month.
"Ron Paul never flip flops, never works with lobbyists," Campbell said. "He's about principles and that's what we need."
Meanwhile, a smaller group of Rudy Giuliani supporters, held signs to show support for the former New York City mayor.
In addition to the political supporters, advocacy groups sought to bring attention to their individual causes.
Around the building, police remain tight lipped on security, Lt. Sean Kelly,of the Durham Police Department, who has been to many primary events, tells CNN that the University police department is the lead agency on security tonight, but state and local authorities are also present.
Is this crowd anything out of the ordinary?
"This campaign crowd size is very typical," Kelly said. "They are always enthusiastic and we are always interested in letting them do it."
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena K. Dalla