Ron Paulís Results From Iowa and N.H.: the Rest of the Story
by Bob Adelmann
The exit polls
following the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary showed
something remarkable that somehow missed the evening news: Paul
consistently won the votes of the young, the disaffected, the independent,
as well as discouraged Democrats. CNNs exit polls in New Hampshire
showed Paul winning almost half the voters aged 18-29 (compared
to Romneys 26 percent), and splitting the vote with Romney
in the 30-to-39 age bracket. Paul also won 35 percent of unmarried
voters, 40 percent of those who had never voted in a primary before,
one-third of the independent vote, and nearly half of those with
no religious affiliation. He also took a third of those who characterized
themselves as somewhat liberal in their outlook.
were startlingly similar to the results of exit polls taken following
the Iowa caucuses: Paul won the majority of voters under age 40.
By age bracket, Paul won 50 percent of caucus-goers aged 17-24,
45 percent of those between age 25 and 29, and a third of those
in the 30-to-39 age bracket.
press secretary, Gary Howard, tried to explain this phenomenon:
Congressman Paul has a strong and consistent message that
resonates with a wide range of people, but young people in particular
appreciate his honesty and his character. They realize the mess
that the establishment status quo politicians have put us in, and
recognize that Ron Paul is the only candidate seriously challenging
the status quo.
is that strong and consistent message? Maureen Mackey,
for the Fiscal Times, suggested that if Paul were elected
president, You could probably smoke in public places, drive
gas-guzzling cars, keep your shoes on at airport security, and pray
in public schools. But it might also be for his position on
other substantive issues. For instance:
- He signed
a pro-life pledge from Personhood USA, a non-profit Christian
ministry that seeks to ban abortion.
- He wants
to balance the budget by slashing $1 trillion his first year in
office by shuttering agencies such as the Departments of Education,
Interior and Energy.
- He wants
to audit the Federal Reserve which would lead inevitably to its
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