Ron Paul supporters are hoping to take advantage of low voter turnout across the county by staking their claim in Congressional District 2.
About 70 supporters are focusing canvassing efforts throughout Baltimore County today in an attempt to capture the district they believe could be a turning point.
"Having people at the polling locations on a low turnout day —when nobody is excited about these other candidates—could have a big impact for us,” said Patrick Hussey, a Ron Paul campaign county coordinator.
Paul is currently trailing in fourth place behind candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Storum and Newt Grinch in the race for delegates, this Washington Post graph shows. Still, that doesn't deter Hussey.
“If you look back at 1920, Warren Harding wins the GOP nomination process with 6 percent of the delegates. With 6 percent of the delegates he ended up—after 10 ballots—with 70 percent of the delegates and went on to get the nomination,” Hussey, a Parkville resident, said. “Don’t tell me what is and isn’t possible.”
Supporters at at least two Lutherville-Timonium schools told Patch they'll be waving signs and speaking with voters well into this evening.
“We have a lot of people who are really excited about Ron Paul in this area," Hussey said. "If you look at the donations for Paul versus Romney, in the 212xx area code, which is basically Baltimore and Greater Baltimore, you’ll find that Romney beat us but not by a lot.
"Nationally, Romney beat us by about two to one. In this area he beat us by less than 1.5 to one, according to the latest [Federal Election Commission] report. ... “That suggests that we’re punching above our weight in this area,” he continued.
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