Patch Poll: Will Ron Paul's Supporters Help or Hurt Mitt Romney in the Coming Election?

Ron Paul supporters have picked up some delegates, including an impressive number in Iowa, heading to the Republican National Convention. But will this support for Paul disrupt Mitt Romney from building a winning coalition of Republicans?

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has amassed an impressive amount of Republican state delegates, including 23 out of 28 in Iowa who will attend the GOP national convention.

Is this good news or bad news for Republicans?

The Paul supporters, many of them proclaiming they are a part of the Liberty Movement, say they are working to move the Republican party toward the Congressman's values of fiscal conservatism and the end of foreign intervension.

Despite their promises to fall in behind Romney at the convention, Patch's recent Red Iowa political survey found that Paul supporters in Iowa  as a candidate.

So, will this division between Paul supporters and other Republicans hurt Mitt Romney in Iowa, one of the battleground states that it is critical for him to win? Or is this just a group of passionate conservatives trying to lobby for their beliefs who will come home to vote for Romney in the end?

Let us know in our poll and in the comments sections.

michele simpson June 25, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I will not vote for Romney he is no different than Obama. New World Order scum. Ron Paul 2012
CTCZ June 25, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Ron Paul IS MY PRESIDENT. If he is not the nominee, I will write him in. I will not vote for Romney. I know at least 10 other people who are the same way. It is better for Obama to win a second term, than give the GOP the wrong message by casting a vote for Romney. For all those GOP fingerwaggers out there who will whine that we can't live through another 4 years of Obama, well you should have thought about that before belittling Ron Paul, disrespecting his followers, and finding every way to cheat during the delegate selection process. You GOPers should be ashamed of yourselves. Maybe next time you will embrace the message of personal liberty and freedom - after all, it's just the whole reason America was founded...The establishment GOP is pathetic. It's a good thing us Ron Paul Republicans are taking over and kicking neocon establishment types to the curb...
ralph hornsby June 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Ron Paul may get the nomination. Anything can happen. I won't vote for Romney. I will vote third party...probably for Gary Johnson. Ron Paul would have to file with my state to become a write in candidate. It doesn't look like he will do that, so my vote would go to Johnson.
Fred June 25, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The person, Ron Paul, is not the issue. The issue is that the GOP wants the worst possible President (Romney or Obama) to solve America's critical problems. And they want these people so much that they see nothing wrong with lying, cheating, or stealing to get their way. Until the GOP nominates candidates who can persuade me that they will try to follow the original intent of the Constitution, they will receive no support from me.
adamDLM June 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Romney is everything we hate about government. Flip Flopper to the max. He has a Proven record of doing whatever the big money tells him to do. and his old company has destroyed life's and business. he talks abou keeping jobs in the USA but he sent more then a few out of country. NO MORE SILVER SPOON BABY'S IN OFFICE.
adamDLM June 25, 2012 at 06:53 PM
don't know if you around in the 90's but the only people pushing for reform where the racist. and anybody knows you sell your stuff to who is listening. Dr. Paul's Actions by far out way any statement that can found in those articles. if that is the worse skeleton in his closet i think the man is doing alright.
George June 25, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I am a slave of JP Morgan as they own my mortgage.. whoever thought up the mortgage scam was a genius... now that we're all a lot smarter since that day, we realize that it is THEFT and SLAVERY when you have to pay for your home over 3-4 times than what its worth.
Chuck Sage June 25, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Yea...keep bringing up the newsletter garbage that was written by a racist baseball card dealer from some state up north. After all...it's the only thing you Mitt-wits have. Know this though...Romney can't win without the support of us Ron Paul backers, and here in Ohio, I will be writing the good Doctor in if need be. And if you want to blame me for a GOP loss, go right ahead! I will gladly claim responsibility for doing my part in keeping him out of the White House. I hear you now saying, "so you'd rather have Obummer in there?" Of course not! But that very question presupposes that there's actually a difference between the two. Romney could have run on the Democratic ticket and he wouldn't have even had to change his rhetoric. The GOP needs some plastic surgery to get it looking like it did back in its glory days, and there's only one Doctor for the job!
Larry Mann June 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
As a Ron Paul supporter both this election and the previous there is no way I would support Mitt Romney or Barrack Obama. Does anyone really know what Romney would do specifically to fix anything? Where's the plan? Obama has no clue to what the Constitution says and he is supposed to be a Constitutional scholar. The fact that he has put the same criminals that were responsible for the economic collapse in positions of high regard in his administration should be alarming to anyone that calls themselves American. Not to mention NDAA, Statements saying that he will chose which immigration laws he will enforce and the fact that he is clueless as to what makes an economy prosper. Read Ron Paul's book "Pillars of Prosperity". It clearly lays out what people need to know about fixing the economy.
clay dalton June 25, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I have no plan to vote Romney, who may be the most liberal gop candidate in history. Just do a YouTube search for Romney same as Obama and watch third speeches side by side on issues. Ron Paul ends the irs code sending jobs overseas, and the income tax used to force poor and middle class people to bail out rich corporations, foreign governments who hate America, this single issue should make every American a Paul voter, after all we got our entire checks before 1913: do it again!
Rage Fury June 25, 2012 at 09:08 PM
No one but Ron Paul 2012. Why? Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHwshLUlJLI
Stephen Schmidt June 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM
What do you all think about Gary Johnson? I talked with a Libertarian the other day at Sturgis Falls in Cedar Falls and he said he wished Ron Paul would run as a Libertarian so they could get enough of the presidential vote to be validated in future elections. Still, I'm surprised Johnson doesn't get more support given that he and Paul have similar views.
Suzan June 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Like most other Paul supporters here, this is about principles, and our constitutional liberties. Romney openly deferred comment to Dr. Paul as the 'constitutionalist' at one of the debates. (Stupid move). There is no difference between the two 'frontrunners' with both being backed by G. Sachs, and both supporting NDAA. Seriously, ANYONE supporting the NDAA is committing treason! And yes, after all the cheating done by the GOP as well. For all the reasons stated above, I will NEVER vote Obamitt, neither one! No One But Paul 2012!
Roger Walker June 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Jared you are a good person.You have conviction intelligence and a good HEART
Mark W. Stroberg June 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I will never vote for a socialist. Romney can orate about "our free market system" all he wants to, but his record shows his true colors. The only difference between Obama and Romney on the issues that matter to me is in their rhetoric. They are both tools of the banksters and military contractors. I will almost certainly vote for Gary Johnson this time around, and hope that the GOP, after their inevitable crushing loss in November, will accept the liberty message in 2016. It's not too early to think about it now. Judge Napolitano 2016!
Roger Walker June 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Iam canadian and Iwhant a whole lot more of PRESIDENT RON PAUL in our future
bse2 June 26, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I have supported Ron Paul since 2007. NO - I do not think most Ron Paul supporters will support Romney because the Republican Party has been so underhanded during the primary. A man who wins fair and square wins admiration, even from his enemies. However, a man who wins by tricks or deceit wins only contempt - this is Romney’s position - the GOP did it to themselves. For myself I have not yet decided what to do. I would never vote for Gary Johnson, the right to life must be first among all rights or we will lose all rights. This is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. Those who will trample on life will easily trample on property and all other liberties. I would never vote for Obama. He is a communist who wishes to reduce us to slavery. I would never vote for Santorum or Gingrich - these men must never be given the reins of power. Fortunately, they are out. Although right now I expect to write in Ron Paul, I may consider trying to defeat Obama, - Romney will be better than Obama as far as liberty is concerned. Although Romney is bad, the notion that he is identical with Obama is simply wrong. Besides, Romney will, of necessity, have some ties limited government factions, Obama will have none.
windwardtack June 26, 2012 at 02:49 AM
It is pretty relevant to that question how Romney treats RON PAUL at the convention and with regards to Paul's delegates who are being unfairly challenged across the country in order to forgo actual resolution of issues for a facade of unanimity at the RNC
Life-Liberty Property June 26, 2012 at 03:32 AM
They'll quickly dissolve all pretense of gridlock when it comes time to pad their estates, front running markets and vying for first chair war profiteer. Oh frenemies, frenemies, together you're sticking it in the end of me.
Carole Aus June 26, 2012 at 03:50 AM
My state doesn't permit write-ins either so I, too, will be voting for Gary Johnson. He always has been my second choice. Like so many others, I fear this is the end of the Republic without the likes of Paul or Johnson in the White House. Our forefathers warned us about establishing political parties and they were SO right! Like all power centers, they have become more of the power elite.
HK June 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Vote for a cheater? LOL, never! Besides I would never vote for Mittens, I'm from Tx and we don't vote liberal! Ron Paul 2012 or RIOT!!!!!
Brian June 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
As a Ron Paul supporter, I would never vote for Romney...ever. I reluctantly voted for McCain last time around, but I was wrong. If Ron doesn't pull off a miracle and get the nomination, I'll vote for Gary Johnson.
Clay Reynolds June 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
It's no longer a matter of liberal versus conservative or Republican versus Democrat. It is statists versus anti-statists. That being said, I'm having trouble resisting the "Anything's better than Obama" idea. I can say I wrote in Ron Paul in 2008, but I really don't know what to do this time. I could go Gary Johnson, Ron Paul write in, or Romney depending on how I look at it. Romney is slightly better than Obama, and I did not feel that way about McCain. But like others here have said, voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. I have a lot to think about.
Saundra Ragona June 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I admire the fortitude of the Ron Paul supporters. It is amazing how you have stuck to your guns through all the frey. Remember: I may not agree with what you say, but I will support your right to say it, or something like that.
Todd miles June 27, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Reality check for all RP supporters who are choosing to vote for Johnson or Obama....I am with you on the principles and stances Ron Paul stands for as I too am really more libertarian and relate most with the parties values.....however, let's be pragmatic and understand that as much as we might not love Romney or the republican party at this point, we caN not afford another four years of Obama values, decisions to avoid abiding by the constitution, we have to do whatever it takes to get him out even though Romney might not appear to be that much better. Let's not kid ourselves, he is definitely no Obama and anything slightly more to the right or understanding of what the constitution reall stands for, we need to d whatever it takes to get this idiot out of the white house. Ask yourself this, aside from any candidate feeling the need to feed their ego t be president, why would Romney put himself and his family thru all the bs of running for president if he truly didn't want to make tho ga better... He doesn t need the money or status like obama obviously covets to have and continue to build. Think about it....who will at least be better for us 4 years from now of the 2?
lee elliott July 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Gary Johnson!
dave mustang August 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM
no mormon ever one an election to president and there were several, besides romney wouldnt do anything better than obama, hes just as bad . look at the maine vote, a romney supporter counted all the votes, left ron paul with 2% giving the rest to romney, after a recount, by an undecided voter, ron paul won at 26% to romneys 6%, idont trust romney hes a sneaky bastard and the only reason why he was nominated as the republican candidate is that if he beats obama, they all share OUR loot. besides romney is a member of one of those secret society's along with bus,polosi.reid.feinstein,franks,obama,ryan,all the wall street CEO's most of the FEDERAL RESERVE RON PAUL ISNT and their all going to lose their shirts if ron paul is elected and RON PAUL knows they know it! if ron paul beats them both in 2012, and becomes the 44th,? the NEW WORLD ORDER WILL BE DEAD besides why would you want a NWO, GOD is the current single leader of planet earth, those assholes want to replace him, simple as that!
Clarence Johnson August 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
We've reached Peak Fedora here people.
Patricia Neal-Moreno August 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM
People who support Ron Paul do so for his policies. Mitt Romney supports the massive taxpayer funded bailouts both TARP and Obama's Stimulous, Mitt Romney and Obama supported the NDAA and the indefinite detention of American citizens without due process. Mitt Romney passed the blueprint for Obamacare and now wants to deny it. Mitt Romney supports invading Iran, and getting us into yet another unconstitutional, undeclared war. Ron Paul on the other hand has consistently voted against undeclared wars, bank bailouts, and the unconstitutional mandate created by Obama's affordable care act. Ron Paul has been right about the war in Iraq, the impending financial crisis in 2008, the NDAA, and is now warning about another war in Iran. So taking all this into consideration, NO. Ron Paul supporters will not vote for Romney. They'll either write in Ron Paul's name (as I myself plan on doing) or they'll vote for Gary Johnson, or they'll just stay at home. Mitt Romney cannot count on us.
Galen Richards August 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This Ron Paul supporter and registered Republican of twenty years has absolutely no intention of voting for Mitt Romney. He is too much like Obama in all that he stands for and I can not vote for him in a clear conscience. After all the Romney campaign and the RNC have done to silence Ron Paul and our support, I will also be leaving the GOP , registering as a Libertarian and never voting for another Republican again unless they are clearly for the constitution and the people, which means I probably won't be voting for many Republicans ever again because the party has been co-opted by neoconservatives and sell outs.


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