Ames, Iowa — Rep. Ron Paul has crisscrossed the Hawkeye State for months, generating enthusiasm for his presidential campaign. But his efforts involve more than pressing the flesh. Paul, perhaps more than any other contender, has a plugged-in network of true believers — from Federal Reserve critics to constitutional conservatives — who communicate online, often sharing links and coordinating political activities outside of the official apparatus. Many within this sprawling movement began organizing for the Texas Republican three years ago, when Paul last ran for the White House. At the Iowa GOP’s straw poll on Saturday, which will be held on the campus of Iowa State University, the 75-year-old lawmaker will likely reap the benefits of their fervent exertion.
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