Election 2012

Ron Paul Hands Torch to Next Generation of Libertarians

Young activists, many brought in to the movement by Paul, prepare to take the reins

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The future of what Ron Paul started rests with supporters like Ashley Ryan, who will attend Mr. Paul's final presidential campaign rally here with decidedly mixed feelings.

Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who will not speak at the Republican convention, will instead lead a valedictory rally for supporters on Sunday at the University of South Florida's Sun Dome.

Ms. Ryan, a 21-year-old college student, will take over as Maine's national committeewoman after sitting as a Paul delegate at this week's Republican National Convention. But in a credentials dispute, hard-bargaining party leaders left Paul forces with only half the Maine delegates they thought they had won this year — a blunt reminder of Mitt Romney's grip on the proceedings.