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Zogby: GOP voters ‘don’t like the dog food,’ Ron Paul early-state contender

“The conventional wisdom suggests that Romney wins,” added Zogby. “After all, the GOP has a history of giving the gold watch to whoever is around the longest — Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush again, then McCain. It is Mitt’s turn. Except, poll after poll suggests that the dogs just don’t like the dog food.”

The search to find a “real conservative” alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has led Republican voters to consider, and temporarily boost poll numbers for, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, he noted. (WATCH: CBS ignored Ron Paul at debate, now shoves competitor to get a shot)

“Now the GOP likely voters are looking for the pure conservative and that, for the moment is not Romney,” said Zogby. “And it honestly looks like if that sentiment holds — and it just might given Tea Party anger and a party realignment — it could be whoever leads at the moment. And that could be Paul.”

“Paul is ’100 percent pure’ and totally consistent. There will be no sweetheart consulting contracts, no sexual harassment, no nothing” that could lead to a sudden exodus of support, Zogby noted. He added that Paul’s chance of winning the GOP nomination nonetheless remains “not likely.”

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GOP Outsider Quickly Becoming Insider!

Texas Rep. Ron Paul is emerging as a significant factor in the Republican presidential race, especially in Iowa.

He's been long dismissed by the GOP establishment, but the libertarian-leaning candidate is now turning heads beyond his hard-core followers - and rising in some polls - just weeks before the state holds the leadoff presidential caucuses and four years since his failed 2008 bid.

Paul's sharp criticism of government spending and USSA monetary policy hasn't changed since then.

And while his isolationist brand of foreign policy may be a non-starter for some establishment Republicans, its appeal among independents is helping Paul gain ground in a crowded Republican field. His boost is an indication of just how volatile the Republican presidential race is in this state and across the country.

"The good news is the country has changed in the last four years in a way I never would have believed," Paul told about 80 Republicans and independents at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in this town on Friday. "In the last four years, something dramatic has happened."

What has helped Paul rise here has been more methodic than dramatic.

His campaign here is a stark comparison to the shoestring, rag-tag operation of four years ago that attracted a narrow band of supporters.

This time, he has built an Iowa organization with the look of a more mainstream campaign.

He has raised more money, hired three times the staff and started organizing his campaign in Iowa earlier than before. Paul was the first candidate to begin airing television ads this fall, and has maintained the most consistent advertising schedule in Iowa.
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