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Ron Paul Supporters Turn Out in St. Charles

People started waiting in line at 1 p.m. for the 3 p.m. Town Hall Meeting at Lindenwood Saturday.

When asked to sum up Presidential Candidate Ron Paul in one word, one supporter from Sullivan, MO had three: "Amazingly, awesomely awesome!"

That enthusiastic young man was just one of a large crowd that began lining up two hours early in anticipation of a 3 p.m. town hall meeting with Ron Paul at . Many of the supporters carried signs and the crowd occasionally broke into a chant, "Ron-Paul-Ron-Paul-Ron-Paul," and cheered and whistled when someone would impulsively shout out "Who's for Ron Paul?"

Roger Beanland heads up the Ron Paul camp in Decatur, IL. Beanland told Patch that he was excited to serve as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Florida. Beanland was attending the Lindenwood Town Meeting with his wife Lynda and fellow Paul supporter Nancy Cummins.

"We need some strong voices," Cummins said.

Alan Schmidt, a Ron Paul campaign worker from Granite City, sold t-shirts behind his car in the parking lot. When Patch asked him about Paul's chances in the race, he said, "His chances are much better than the mainstream media is telling us. A lot of people that are pledged to Gingrich, Romney and Santorum . . . in their second or third vote, they're going to vote with their hearts and go with Ron Paul. I think he's going to be a surprise for the people."

Schmidt mentioned that the Illinois primary was coming up. "The 20th is the big day for the state of Illinois, and we're doing our best."

Check back with Patch for more from the Ron Paul town meeting.

Stephen Schweter March 11, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hello I Give 3 thumbs up to PATCH ,for a fair article in relation to Dr.Ron Paul. Peace Stephen Schweter
Doug Miner March 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
@Stephen Schweter - Thanks for the comment, Stephen.
Nathan Cornillon March 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Sorry, I didn't at all mean to be pulling out the "racist" card. It was truly out of curiosity. The media coverage of the Ron Paul events I've seen are almost pure white crowds. Of all of the GOP candidates, I'd expect to see more people of color supporting Ron Paul than any of the others, and was wondering why I didn't see that in the crowds (I've seen in media). I didn't mean to imply anything there. I was wondering if the actual gatherings were far more racially mixed than reflected in the media.
Joe Scott March 11, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Stephen - Thanks for the comment. I figured I was there to report on what Paul said and what people attending the event said about him. Had there been people in opposition to his message--protesters or people who obviously oppose him--I would have reported on that (keeping it in somewhat relative proportion). I think people should know what all the candidates believe and make an informed decision based on that information.
Joe Scott March 11, 2012 at 09:58 PM
PS - HOW did you end up with three thumbs?

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