Ron Paul's GOP legacy growing in states like Iowa

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 10:03 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ron Paul may be exiting the political stage, but his legions of followers say they are only getting started.

Loyalists of the two-time Republican presidential candidate have quietly taken over key-state GOP organizations, ensuring fights with the GOP establishment as the party tries to heal from its 2012 defeat and laying the groundwork for a future presidential candidate.

Their new relevance, especially in early caucus states Iowa and Nevada, could clear the way for such a candidate, perhaps the Texans' son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. It's the next step in the group's ongoing development, from rambunctious malcontents of just a few years ago into more serious party activists bent on reshaping a party they say has drifted from its conservative roots.

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