Rep. Ron Paul’s No. 3 standing in the Iowa polls on the Republican presidential race is a result of frequent visits, boots on the ground, and a call center in New York City’s Chinatown, ABC News’ blog The Note
The Texas Republican has put together what Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad calls the best operation of any of the candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination. Paul has visited the state personally at least once a week since May and has legions of volunteers on the ground.
He has also put together a voter identification and contact operation run out of nondescript building in Chinatown, ensconced in a loft that has a DJ booth in the corner and wires hanging from the ceiling, The Note reported. The Phone from Home Program has volunteers seek out potential supporters and then pass their names on to others who conduct more follow-ups.
Paul’s visits to the state, now approaching 50, and the call center work appear to have paid off. Polls by both the Des Moines Register and NBC News/Marist show that Paul is in third place in Iowa.
The campaign’s push in Iowa isn’t over. The campaign has made a big ad buy in the state that will run through Jan.3, the day of the caucuses, and it is planning a get-out-the-vote effort in Iowa and New Hampshire, which holds its primary Jan. 10, ABC reported.
About 500 young supporters will fan out across the states in what is being called “Christmas Vacation with Ron Paul,” according to ABC.
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