Ron Paul’s support peaks on the eve of Iowa caucus

Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Rep Ron Paul (R-TX) waves during a campaign stop at the Park Place Event Center on January 2, 2012 in Cedar Falls, Iowa (AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)

Republicans in the state of Iowa will gather today to cast their vote in the caucuses that will largely impact the presidential race, and all eyes are on Ron Paul as the Texas Congressman holds the lead in the polls.

Following the bow out of Herman Cain and a schizophrenic surge up and down in the popularity of his peers, Rep. Ron Paul has rocketed to the forefront of the Republican Party in recent week, passing the competing gang of politicians also vying for the nomination. By Tuesday night, America will know the results of the Iowa Caucuses and could indeed have a clear idea of who could take the GOP’s nomination and perhaps eventually the presidency.

The last few surveys conducted by the Des Moines Register and Public Policy Polling put Paul either above the other frontrunners or neck-and-neck at first place. The Iowa caucus, the first among many during the presidential election year, have historically played a role in the rest of the race leading up to November.

On Monday, Rep. Paul acknowledged the skyrocketing support that could propel him to victory today, but stayed strong in backing his word and the campaign promises he’s made.

“We, the people, are growing and I’m optimistic,” Paul said from Davenport, Iowa on Monday. That same day the politician found himself in Des Moines, IA and was welcomed by the same admiration as he did across state. “The enthusiasm is growing by leaps and bounds and crowds are getting bigger,” Paul said from Des Moines Marriott ballroom. What was expected to serve as a “whistlestop” on the road to caucus day turned into practically a party as droves turned out to show their support. That support, says Paul, comes from ideas that he willing to stand up for, much to the chagrin of his GOP peers.

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