Early signs of strength on the road to Ames
August 13th, 2011
09:35 AM ET
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Early signs of strength on the road to Ames

Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Call it an unofficial sign of campaign strength.

As I took the exit off I-35 earlier this morning for the Iowa State campus in Ames, the only campaign signs along the highway belonged to Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas who's making his third bid for the White House.

Heading west on Route 30 toward campus, where today's crucial GOP straw poll is being held, more and more Paul signs were visible along the side of the highway, along with campaign signs for former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Paul, who enjoys the backing of energetic and enthusiastic supporters, is one of the favorites to finish at or near the top of the straw poll, a non-binding but crucial early contest on the road to the GOP presidential nomination. Santorum is anything but a favorite, but he's been campaigning nonstop across Iowa over the past three weeks and his strong stances on social conservative issues could help him among Hawkeye state voters.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
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  1. Cam Davis

    I watched Anderson Cooper's coverage of Iowa last night., then John King's show. Not even ONE passing mention of Ron Paul. I'm looking on CNN's politics top stories right now. Palin, Perry (both undeclared) have multiple headlines. Bachmann, Romney, HUNTSMAN, also all have multiple stories about them. What happened, did the news director at CNN order all of you not to mention Ron Paul's name on the air? This guy could very well win the event the network is covering, and Candy Crowley won't even utter his name. It's beyond absurd and unfair.

    August 13, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Clwyd

    None of the above! They are all idiots. Stupid lasts forever republicans and you have a treasure chest full of stupid!

    August 13, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. George Washington

    Go Ron Paul 2012!!!!

    Good Luck in Ames today!!!

    August 13, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. DENNA

    Oh good, now Ron Paul is winning in Iowa. Why don't these people just run for Mayor of Iowa and leave the rest of us alone? I would never trust Ron Paul. At least with the Rethugs and Democrats we know what we are getting. Do we REALLY want to trust this goober with the fate of America? Who REALLY knows what the Libertarian party will do? After all, haven't we all been disappointed by the established parties? The Republicans ran on a platform of jobs, jobs, jobs. It turns our their true platform was wreck the safety net for the middle class and poor, wreck unions, and save the rich man from paying his fair share.

    August 13, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Perry may do better than any of them, in the write-in.

    If the debate showed anything, it was that the only strong person on the platform, was Gingrich. The problem there, is the skeletons from his days as Speaker.

    August 13, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. kat

    Please NO Ron Paul, I mean if he's the only choice I have against BHO, I would have No choice, But, please...... We need someone with a little more common sense.

    August 13, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |