03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Inside Ron Paul's San Francisco Surge

San Franciscans rarely get excited about Republican presidential candidates, and it's rarer still to see GOP campaign signs in Mission District windows, beat-up old cars, or crowds of enthusiastic supporters flooding the city's streets. But that's what Ron Paul has been inspiring.

"I would give my entire net worth to see Ron Paul elected president," a man holding a "Ron Paul '08" sign on the corner of Powell and Geary on Dec. 16 said. "I've never contributed to a candidate's campaign in my life, but in the past months I've given about $600 or $700."

Paul's frank assessment of the United States as an overreaching empire got his campaign rolling, and it has gathered serious momentum in the past couple of months, as evidenced by an increasing online presence and record-breaking fundraising for November and December.

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