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Ron Paul to Hold Rally Tuesday Night at Ballroom in Springfield

Ron Paul campaign workers make preparations Monday morning at Waterford ballroom

UPDATE: The campaign notes a new start time (when doors will open) on Facebook for the Ron Paul rally, of 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is expected to host a rally Tuesday night for Northern Virginia volunteers as poll results roll in from the primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

The rally is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at The Waterford, 6715 Commerce St., a ballroom in Springfield, campaign workers at his Springfield office said Monday morning.

The Waterford is near the Springfield Interchange, known locally as "The Mixing Bowl," off of Interstate 395 and just outside the Beltway.

"We're a little unique in that we're not a hotel," explained Keith Clark, president and CEO, as he gave Patch a tour of the facility. A former Toys"R"Us, the large building is used primarily for weddings, proms and job fairs and comes complete with a large catering kitchen. No word on whether Paul will serve up refreshments Tuesday night.

Tuesday is GOP presidential primary day in Arizona and Michigan, where 29 and 30 delegates are up for grabs, respectively.

The campaign has rented out the Waterford's largest ballroom, which holds 1,000 people, Clark said. Campaign workers from Paul's Springfield office were looking over the large ballroom Monday morning.

The Paul campaign has rented out offices in a Springfield office park. Campaign workers Monday morning were busy prepping for the rally and fielding phone calls from volunteers. A large stack of mail in the office, adorned with Ronald Reagan stamps, looked like it was ready for potential voters. Photos of Paul adorn the walls. 

Virginia's GOP presidential primary is next Tuesday, March 6. Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the only candidates who qualified to be on the ballot. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who both live in Virginia, did not turn in enough signatures to qualify to be on the ballot.

Is Clark, owner of ballroom, a Paul supporter? "No," he said with a smile. "I'll just leave it at that."

Jackson Baer February 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
It's Ron Paul or bust. Santorum is the worst candidate I've seen come along in some time. I don't see how someone can support such an angry and judgmental man. How can someone call themselves a Christian and vote for someone who can't wait to go to war and ignores the Golden Rule? http://www.whatthehellbook.com/the-book/
Mike February 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Right on with Santorum. I didn't really have an opinion of him, then he talked about his views on social issues. At that point I wanted nothing to do with him.

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