Texas Congressman Ron Paul may not be the next US President. But the firey Republican, who failed to win the party's nomination this year, is still hugely popular with grass-roots supporters. He staged a rally in Minneapolis as an alternative to John McCain's Republican Convention in nearby St Paul, stealing much of the limelight from the party's official presidential candidate.
Ron Paul remains a vital factor in the November election. Republicans disillusioned with McCain/Palin may flock to him rather than desert the party for Obama. The GOP should have treated him a bit better at the convention, in hindsight.