Paul soldiers on as race comes to Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the Texas primary little more than a month away on May 29, Congressman Ron Paul is bringing his campaign to the University of Texas-Austin on Thursday. During a stop at KXAN preceding the event, Paul said he expects 3,000 attendees on the LBJ Library Lawn at 7 p.m.

The local UT “ Youth for Ron Paul” group is organizing the town hall-style meeting, expected to draw a large group of young voters. In addition, the student-led “ Liberty for All Super PAC” has been actively working to secure votes for Paul as he pushes forward.

"If young people determined who was going to win the primary, I think I'd pretty much well win in," Paul laughed.

Despite not winning any of this year's primaries or caucuses, Paul retains an enthusiastic following and drew large crowds on recent appearances in his home state.

"I just think it wouldn't be right for the people who have put so much energy and invested so much money into this campaign to just say, 'Okay, let's drop it before we even count the votes,'" he said.

Paul, who represents a congressional district in Southeast Texas, is keeping his hope for the Republican presidential nomination alive even as the party establishment is beginning to coalesce around frontrunner Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts.

Even Texas Gov. Rick Perry, himself a former contender for the Republican presidential nomination, this week endorsed Romney after having been in the camp of former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose campaign is now in its last throes.

Still, Paul has vowed to stay in the race through the Republican National Convention this summer. But the latest Public Policy Polling survey shows Paul in a distant third among Lone Star Republicans. Romney leads the state with 45 percent to 35 percent for Newt Gingrich, followed by 14 percent for Ron Paul.

Paul will also make a fundraising appearance while in Austin. So far, his financial backers have stood beside him, as he raised $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 and $2.6 million in March alone.

His chances of a primary win are slim in Texas. Among that same group, only 37 percent have a favorable opinion of Paul, compared to 48 percent with an unfavorable view.

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