Last night, Ron Paul took 10% of the vote in the Republican primary caucuses in Iowa. He finished in 5th overall but only a few percentage points behind media darling candidates McCain and Thompson.
I found 10% to be a HUGE victory in a state notorious for bible-thumpers who were going for Huckabee no matter what. Romney had been running ads and traveling around Iowa since January 2007, so he was a lock for 2nd place. The only battle was for 3rd and Paul held his ground and even beat once-favored Rudy Giuliani!
Also, Ron Paul's sucess in Iowa proved that poll numbers are inaccurate. His average poll number in Iowa going into last night's caucus was 7.5%, but he managed 10% of the vote. This is mainly due to polls not calling cell phones, which skews results.
Ron Paul should see an even better number in New Hampshire in 4 days. There are more independent voters in New Hampshire and Huckabee will be far less of a force there. Beyond that, Ron Paul's message of liberty and freedom resonates well in a state who's motto is "Live Free or Die"!
The Ron Paul Revolution continues in New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 8th.