Ron Paul takes second
Ron Paul’s second-place finish tonight gives the Texas congressman -- who for years has been cast as a fringe, also-ran candidate -- much-needed momentum as the campaign heads south, first to South Carolina then Florida. In a speech just after 9p.m., Paul suggested his campaign is closing in on that of frontrunner Mitt Romney. “We’re nibbling at his heels,” he told the crowd. Just four years ago, Paul earned a fifth-place showing in this pivotal first-in-the-nation primary.