Paul: Third Place Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
Campaign tweet taunts Huntsman
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2012 12:21 AM CST
Ron Paul tries to quiet the crowd at his caucus night rally.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – After finishing third in the Iowa caucuses with some 21% of the vote, Ron Paul told his supporters that the results were "nothing to be ashamed of," Politico reports. He said the top-three finish granted him one of the tickets out of Iowa, and urged supporters to continue the momentum and be "ready and raring to move on to the next stop, which is New Hampshire." While he may be pleased with his showing, one thing Paul won't take with him are any Iowa delegates, notes AP.

As the Iowa results rolled in, Paul's campaign taunted Jon Huntsman, who decided not to compete in the state. "We found your one Iowa voter, you might want to call him and say thanks," said a tweet from Paul's campaign. Staffers initially believed Paul's Twitter feed had been hacked, and the tweet was deleted but later reappeared, CBS notes.