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Paul says his campaign can go the distance

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ron Paul will be joining the two top finishers from Iowa in New Hampshire this week, to try to demonstrate that his third-place finish in last night's caucuses wasn't a fluke.

Paul told supporters last night that his campaign was one of two that had the resources to go the distance. He didn't name Romney's campaign as the other.

He said his "momentum is going to continue" in New Hampshire, and that "we are going to keep scoring."

Paul drew 21.5 percent of the votes in Iowa, three percentage points behind Romney and Rick Santorum.

The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman put together a diverse coalition of college students, veterans and tea party activists, to put in an improved showing from his fifth-place finish four years ago.

His calls for strict spending cuts and the abolition of the Federal Reserve are popular causes among conservatives. His opposition to foreign military intervention appeals to younger voters. But his opposition to a military strike against a nuclear-armed Iran brought criticism from his rivals.

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