Giddy Ron Paul Thrilled to Finish Second in Minnesota

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PERRY, IA - DECEMBER 29: Presidential hopeful U.S. Rep Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during a campaign event at the Pattee Hotel on December 29, 2011 in Perry, Iowa. With less than one week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul continues to campaign through Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Sullivan/2011 Getty Images

“We had a very, very strong second place — and it’s going to continue,” a beaming Paul told more than 200 supporters. “We do have to remember: the straw vote is one thing, but then there’s a whole other thing — delegates — and that is where we excel.”

Tucked in immediately after his reference to delegates, Paul belted out an inspired "Yeahhh!" that packed a punch of enthusiasm that Romney's personality coach must envy.