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Patch Poll: Will Ron Paul's Supporters Help or Hurt Mitt Romney in the Coming Election?

Ron Paul supporters have picked up some delegates, including an impressive number in Iowa, heading to the Republican National Convention. But will this support for Paul disrupt Mitt Romney from building a winning coalition of Republicans?


Texas Congressman Ron Paul has amassed an impressive amount of Republican state delegates, including 23 out of 28 in Iowa who will attend the GOP national convention.

Is this good news or bad news for Republicans?

The Paul supporters, many of them proclaiming they are a part of the Liberty Movement, say they are working to move the Republican party toward the Congressman's values of fiscal conservatism and the end of foreign intervension.

Despite their promises to fall in behind Romney at the convention, Patch's recent Red Iowa political survey found that Paul supporters in Iowa  as a candidate.

So, will this division between Paul supporters and other Republicans hurt Mitt Romney in Iowa, one of the battleground states that it is critical for him to win? Or is this just a group of passionate conservatives trying to lobby for their beliefs who will come home to vote for Romney in the end?

Let us know in our poll and in the comments sections.

lee elliott July 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Gary Johnson!
dave mustang August 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM
no mormon ever one an election to president and there were several, besides romney wouldnt do anything better than obama, hes just as bad . look at the maine vote, a romney supporter counted all the votes, left ron paul with 2% giving the rest to romney, after a recount, by an undecided voter, ron paul won at 26% to romneys 6%, idont trust romney hes a sneaky bastard and the only reason why he was nominated as the republican candidate is that if he beats obama, they all share OUR loot. besides romney is a member of one of those secret society's along with bus,polosi.reid.feinstein,franks,obama,ryan,all the wall street CEO's most of the FEDERAL RESERVE RON PAUL ISNT and their all going to lose their shirts if ron paul is elected and RON PAUL knows they know it! if ron paul beats them both in 2012, and becomes the 44th,? the NEW WORLD ORDER WILL BE DEAD besides why would you want a NWO, GOD is the current single leader of planet earth, those assholes want to replace him, simple as that!
Clarence Johnson August 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
We've reached Peak Fedora here people.
Patricia Neal-Moreno August 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM
People who support Ron Paul do so for his policies. Mitt Romney supports the massive taxpayer funded bailouts both TARP and Obama's Stimulous, Mitt Romney and Obama supported the NDAA and the indefinite detention of American citizens without due process. Mitt Romney passed the blueprint for Obamacare and now wants to deny it. Mitt Romney supports invading Iran, and getting us into yet another unconstitutional, undeclared war. Ron Paul on the other hand has consistently voted against undeclared wars, bank bailouts, and the unconstitutional mandate created by Obama's affordable care act. Ron Paul has been right about the war in Iraq, the impending financial crisis in 2008, the NDAA, and is now warning about another war in Iran. So taking all this into consideration, NO. Ron Paul supporters will not vote for Romney. They'll either write in Ron Paul's name (as I myself plan on doing) or they'll vote for Gary Johnson, or they'll just stay at home. Mitt Romney cannot count on us.
Galen Richards August 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This Ron Paul supporter and registered Republican of twenty years has absolutely no intention of voting for Mitt Romney. He is too much like Obama in all that he stands for and I can not vote for him in a clear conscience. After all the Romney campaign and the RNC have done to silence Ron Paul and our support, I will also be leaving the GOP , registering as a Libertarian and never voting for another Republican again unless they are clearly for the constitution and the people, which means I probably won't be voting for many Republicans ever again because the party has been co-opted by neoconservatives and sell outs.

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