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Published March 06 2012

Super Tuesday mania hits Fargo as crews prep for Ron Paul visit

FARGO – Campaign staff and hotel crews are abuzz at the Ramada Plaza Suites this afternoon, in preparation to host both presidential candidate Ron Paul at the Fargo-area Republican caucuses in little over two hours.

Paul recently took off from a campaign stop in Idaho and is on his way to North Dakota for tonight’s activities, his campaign staff on the ground here says.

“Congressman Paul has gotten a very positive response and enjoys great grassroots support in North Dakota,” Paul spokesman Gary Howard said via e-mail. “Our campaign feels that there is an opportunity to gain a good number of delegates in the state, and being in Fargo only seemed like the natural thing to do to bolster our support there on caucus day.”

In anticipation of large crowds, the caucuses will be hold in two of the Ramada’s Crystal Ballrooms, which hold an estimated 800-1,000 people. Paul’s campaign is also setting up screens outside the ballroom to accommodate an overflow audience, if necessary.

Caucuses statewide begin at 5:30 p.m. Paul is slated to speak at the Fargo event and then stick around through the night as the results come in.