New Hampshire is Ron Paul Country
State had the highest percentage of residents vote for the GOP candidate.
By Marc Fortier
For journalists who covered the New Hampshire Primary, it's no surprise that Ron Paul has a huge base of support here in the Granite State.
Even so, it was a bit surprising to see a recent post on the New Hampshire Freedom blog that said New Hampshire had the highest percentage of state population to vote for Paul. And it wasn't even close.
According to the blog, New Hampshire ranked number one with 4.3 percent of residents voting for Paul. That's almost double second place Vermont, which came in at 2.4 percent. And in Vermont and other states, all voters are allowed to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary, which isn't the case here in New Hampshire.
Paul's followers are such diehards that many are still refusing to hop on the Mitt Romney train, even though the Massachusetts governor has wrapped up the Republican nomination.
Kate Schackai, Paul's New Hampshire spokeswoman during the primary, said the news comes as no surprise to her.
"New Hampshire is very independent-minded, frugal, peaceful, and serious about respecting individuals' rights," she said. "As a result, I think voters here were inclined to hear Dr. Paul out, and really consider how federal government spending and policy have gotten us into an economic mess."
She also pointed out that several members of Paul's New Hampshire team, including Jared Chicoine and Jordan Brown, worked in Vermont as well, which may have been a factor in why Paul received so much support there.