Lawfuel.com – Ron Paul, the GOP presidential candidate has grown in strength with his first presidential contests drawing near, San francisco Chronical reports.
Passionate Paul Supporters and top organizational abilities have helped propel Ron Paul, along with San Francisco game developer Alex Beltramo, 44, who has developed a plan to raise money for the Paul campaign by donating $5 for every player who slays a dragon in his online game “Dungeoneers”.
So far, 1,000 supporters have done the deed, and Beltramo said he hopes to raise as much as $25,000 with fellow dragon-slaying Paul fans.
“For a long time, the media perception was that (Ron Paul) was extreme or kooky, and they didn’t want to talk about him,” said Beltramo, a longtime independent voter who is changing his registration to Republican to cast his ballot for Paul in California’s June primary.
“I really like that he understands the economy and, in terms of foreign policy, he is the only one who is not wearing blinders regarding the costs of the military,” Beltramo said. “Newt Gingrich calls himself a historian, but Ron Paul is the only one who learns from history.”
Surging at the right time
With just days until Iowans hit their Jan. 3 caucuses and New Hampshire holds its primary Jan. 10, the efforts by grassroots supporters like Beltramo are forcing pundits to recalculate the political landscape. Paul has surged to the front of the GOP pack in Iowa and has advanced against Romney’s lead in New Hampshire.
“What are Republican primary voters looking for? Consistency,” said Democratic pollster Ben Tulchin of San Francisco, as he surveys the field of GOP front-runners that has shifted from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Rep. Michele Bachmann to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to business mogul Herman Cain and lately to former House Speaker Gingrich.
Now it is Paul’s turn at the top – a position that Tulchin said isn’t so surprising, especially with his appeal to the growing ranks of independent or decline-to-state voters.
Paul’s loyal followers – many of them young and independent-minded like Beltramo – are drawn to their candidate as the rare politician who can be counted on to give unvarnished, even potentially unpopular, answers to questions, Tulchin says.
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