Ron Paul: 2nd Place a 'Victory for Liberty'
Young voters help Paul to strong NH finish
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2012 8:40 PM CST
Updated Jan 10, 2012 9:00 PM CST
Ron Paul and his wife Carol respond to supporters during an election night really in Manchester, N.H.   (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

(Newser) – Ron Paul says his projected second-place finish in New Hampshire Tuesday night is a "victory for the cause of liberty." The strong showing has been "the victory that you have brought about." he told supporters at his primary night party. "I sort of have to chuckle when they describe you and me as being dangerous. That's one thing where they're telling the truth. We are dangerous to the status quo."

Paul, in a speech that focused on the withdrawal of US troops from overseas, said the result was a sign of growing momentum for his beliefs, the AP reports. He received around 23% of the vote in New Hampshire—more than Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry put together. Exit polls show he was the choice of 48% of voters under 25, and a third of all voters between 30 and 44, the Wall Street Journal notes.