Ron Paul Confident Heading to Caucus States

Nevada voters share his independent streak and "leave us alone" attitude on the federal government.

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Feisty as ever, Ron Paul is telling supporters that the best is yet to come for his presidential campaign.

He argues that, despite another loss in the Florida Republican primary Tuesday--his fourth defeat in a row--he has a good chance to score well in the next round of nominating caucuses, which start Saturday in Nevada and Maine and continue Tuesday in Colorado and Minnesota.

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That's because Paul still has battalions of committed supporters ready to turn out the vote for him. The number of "Paulists" may not be as large as the armies supporting front-runner Mitt Romney, but Paul's backers are passionate, and that means a lot in caucus states, where organization is vital.

"We're only getting started," Paul, a GOP representative from Texas with strong libertarian views, told supporters in Nevada Tuesday night.

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"We will spend our time in the caucus states because if you have an irate, tireless minority, you do very well in the caucus states," he added. Paul said his supporters are "energized" because they "actually believe in something."

Paul finished fourth in Florida with only 7 percent of the vote. He did little campaigning in the mega-state because he said it was too expensive and not cost-effective.

But many Nevada voters share Paul's independent streak and his "leave us alone" attitude regarding the federal government.

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Paul's problem is that Romney also has a strong base of Mormons and other conservatives in Nevada. The former Massachusetts governor won the state's caucuses in his last Republican presidential campaign in 2008.

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