Ron Paul: The Non-Romney?
Ron Paul took second place with 24% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, with John Huntsman running 7 points behind in third.
"People have asked me, what did I expect 5, 10 years ago? I had no idea. I always assumed that the best I could do is set a record. I didn't know you were out there," he said.
"But it's no longer that irate, tireless minority that is stirring up the troops. Now that irate minority -- and so tireless, as you have been -- it's growing by leaps and bounds. It's going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds. And we will restore freedom to this country."
Everyone's been looking for one conservative to be the go to guy for the non-Romney vote. But Ron Paul, because he draws independents and Tea Party voters, has more sway with people unhappy with Mitt's centrism. Paul also has the fundraising power to keep competing. But South Carolina is a social conservative state.
Mitt Romney's taken a modest lead in South Carolina. He's at 30 percent thereto 23 percent for Newt Gingrich and 19 percent for Rick Santorum. None of the other candidates hit double digits- Ron Paul at 9 percent, Rick Perry at 5 percent, Jon Huntsman at 4 percent, and BuddyRoemer at 1percent round out the field.