NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — In South Carolina’s key primary contest on Saturday, Ron Paul walked away with fourth place, earning only 13 percent of voter support — a far cry from winner Newt Gingrich’s commanding 40 percent finish.
But don’t mistake a last-place finish for a signal that the libertarian firebrand has any plans to pack it up anytime soon.
“There’s no doubt in my mind the momentum has been continuing and will continue,” an exuberant Paul said in his remarks following the primary. “This is the beginning of a long, hard climb.”
“We will continue to do this,” the Texas lawmaker pledged. “There is no doubt about it. The message of liberty is being received more people every single day, thanks to your efforts.”
In an interview with MSNBC Saturday, adviser Doug Wead even sought to portray a Gingrich win as a victory for Paul.
“The fact that Newt Gingrich could challenge Mitt Romney shows us it’s a wide-open race,” Wead said before the race was called. “There’s still going to be money pumped into both of those campaigns — that’s very good for us.”
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