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They Sure Love Ron Paul in Rural Nevada

Pahrump residents turn out for Republican candidate
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2012 4:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Battling for second place in the Nevada caucuses, Ron Paul has discovered a place where he definitely comes in first. Paul visited a rural district 60 miles west of Las Vegas yesterday and bathed in the adulation of hundreds who gathered at a roller rink, some carrying sidearms, the Las Vegas Sun reports. “The people love him,” said a supporter in the town of Pahrump, where unemployment tops 17% and foreclosure signs line the main drag. Paul lovers say his libertarian policies would free up the lagging economy.

“I’ve got a goat milk farm,” said one backer who named "regulations" as a top political concern. “[Paul] said, if we want to drink raw cow milk, we can drink raw cow milk!” Other Paul enthusiasts say his support for the right to bear arms and his desire to "eliminate Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD" made him attractive. “You think this is a bunch of ignorant hillbillies. But they aren’t," said a realtor in town. “They're well-read. We’ve talked up Ron Paul for the past three years here, and it’s worked." (Read more Ron Paul 2012 stories.)

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