U.S. Rep. Ron Paul said at a campaign stop this morning at the polls in Nashua's Ward 3 that he is feeling “optimistic” today, but he told a reporter he makes no illusions about his chances at beating Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.
“I have good reason to be encouraged right now,” Paul told a small group of reporters and a few supporters outside the Amherst Street Elementary School.
When asked, he said he recognizes that Romney will likely take New Hampshire, a border state to where Romney served a term as governor of Massachusetts. He said there are a number of undecided supporters that may lean to him and he knows he has the vote of the Independents and the younger population.
A few weeks ago at a Merrimack house party, Paul told the large group gathered at Jenny and Aaron Walker's home that anything short of a third place finish in New Hampshire could be detrimental to his campaign.
On Tuesday morning, he stood by that, saying a fourth, fifth or sixth place finish would not feel good and he would definitely have to re-evaluate where to go from there. But he said he's thinking positively.
“I feel pretty good,” Paul said. “We have lots of reason to be optimistic... Our phones have been buzzing all morning to get our vote out.”
Outside of Amherst Street Elementary School was pretty quiet, with only a couple of Paul supporters encouraging voters to support the Texas Congressman and holding signs.
Paul shook hands with his supporters and spoke with them briefly during his 10-minute stop at the primary school.
Brother and sister Greg and Dianna Hohensee, both of Nashua, said they support Paul because of his commitment to uphold the Constitution.
“He's an honest man and a strict Constitutionalist,” Greg Hohensee said. “I like that he's actually for limiting government.”
Dianna Hohensee said given she's grown up learning and reading about the Constitution, “It would be nice if we actually went by it.”
Dianna Hohensee said she and here brother have participated in few sign waves and have distributed literature to help support their candidate of choice.
“I like that I can actually trust him, because he's been consistent for 30 odd years,” Greg Hohensee said. “I know he'll do what he says he will, or at least he will try.”
Paul will continue to make stops around Southern New Hampshire today before his party tonight in Manchester. Here's what's on tap for the rest of his day (Note: This schedule is subject to change):
Manchester Ward 1
Webster School Auditorium
2519 Elm Street
Gilbert H. Hood Memorial Middle School
5 Hood Road
West Running Brook Middle School
1 W. Running Brook Lane
Bedford High School
47 Nashua Road
The Executive Court Banquet Facility
1199 South Mammoth Road
Manchester, NH 03109