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I guess you could say that Ron Paul was a man ahead of his time. The just-announced potential candidate for the GOP presidential ballot had a die-hard, grassroots following that spread his conservative-libertarian viewpoints like viral wildfire across the interwebs -- back in 2008.
Unfortunately, there wasn't a big enough online movement to fuel Paul's race to the White House, and he failed in his original bid. In the first Iowa caucus, he came in fourth out of all the GOP candidates at a paltry ten percent.
The candidate is no stranger when it comes to the online fundraiser: He famously raised $6 million in one day during his 2008 campaign. But, judging from the fact that he was able to raise $1 million before he officially announced his 2012 candidacy, it's a great start -- and there's definitely room to grow. It also helps that the money raised was pegged to the South Carolina debate last week, and that state is going to be one of the first battlegrounds that Paul will have to win in order to secure the GOP nomination.
Also helping Ron Paul's case? He's now backed by the Tea Party. Nicknamed the "Tea Party godfather" by the online conservative movement, the group is strongly supporting his bid, and that translates to additional mainstream media attention on and offline. Add to that the fact that he is coming in as a recognizable candidate because this is his second bid, and Paul is turning out to be one of the favored Republicans who have announced their intentions so far.