In the 2008 Iowa Caucus Ron Paul started as the biggest underdog and finished better than anyone would have thought, but yet he was still just a blip on the map by the election’s end. But while his totals may have been a blip on the election map, he was much more than a blip in the grassroots.
Ron Paul’s grassroot’s movement has one of the most fierce and loyal followings of any potential candidate coming into 2012 and with such a wide-open election in 2012, a strong grassroots and a strong organization is what it will take to win in Iowa.
In 2008 Ron Paul did surprisingly well in Iowa capturing 10% of the overall vote. (Click to see 2008 Iowa Caucus Results). That may sound small, but when you consider that the Republican nominee, John McCain only received 13.1% of the vote and winner Mike Hukabee was at 34.4%, 10% from an independent dark horse candidate is pretty good.
Coming into to 2012 Ron Paul has a very strong grassroot’s organization already set in place, but even more important, he has the power of the Tea Party behind him. This new phenomenon could be exactly what Ron Paul needs to shock the political world and pull an upset in the 2012 Iowa Caucus and make him a legitimate 2012 presidential candidate.