It appears that more than 1,000 Ron Paul supporters showed up for a rally that occured after the Iowa Christian Alliance/Iowans for Tax Relief candidates forum, which refused to invite Dr. Paul, ended.
Not bad considering only about 600 showed up, out of over 1,200 expected, for the big government, war monger forum which included 6 candidates.
UPDATE 2: Press release from the Ron Paul campaign:
Ron Paul Speaks to 1,000 in Iowa
DES MOINES, IOWA – Presidential candidate Ron Paul held a rally today celebrating life and liberty at the Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was held immediately after and next door to a Republican candidates forum sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance and Iowans for Tax Relief.
Dr. Paul was the only GOP candidate excluded from the forum, so his campaign organized an event of its own. Despite being planned in less than a week, Dr. Paul’s event singlehandedly outdrew the other forum and its six participating candidates by several hundred attendees.
“Today, Ron Paul demonstrated how deeply his message of freedom and limited government is resonating across the nation,” said campaign manager Lew Moore.
Dr. Paul, addressing a packed room, received thunderous applause many times and as well as several standing ovations. Observers believe that this event was the biggest rally for a Republican candidate in Iowa during this campaign cycle.
“Ron Paul has generated more grassroots excitement and support than any other candidate in the race,” continued Moore. “The campaign is building on this momentum around the country as we drive toward the nomination.”