Ron Paul finished a strong second in New Hampshire, which means his 'dangerous' ideas will likely shape the GOP platform. Ron Paul followers are younger and older independents.
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Outside of his campaign, few people think he is a threat to win the Republican nomination for president.
And yet, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has pulled in a big chunk of the votes in both states where Republicans have voted on potential nominees.
For Paul, 76, it was the latest example of how his anti-establishment campaign has made him a player in the Republican nomination process - and even a potential force as a third-party candidate.
Paul has been pilloried by rivals as being out of step with mainstream Republican views - a charge he doesn't seem to mind - but his appeal to a core group of young voters, retirees and others is becoming difficult to ignore.
During a fiery speech before supporters last night in Manchester, Paul hit on familiar themes.
He railed against the Federal Reserve's influence on the economy, basking in chants of, "End the Fed, end the Fed."