Thousands packed Huff Hall at UI for Presidential Candidate Ron Paul. He rallied supporters just days away from the primary election. WCIA-3's Ashley Sears has the story from your local Election Headquarters.
Paul says the event was beyond his expectations. It's actually the largest rally the republican has held on a college campus. He says it's a sign momentum is growing despite being in last place.
It was standing room only as Ron Paul took the stage at UI's Huff Hall.
"It sounds like the revolution has arrived in Illinois. I'm excited to be here with you."
More than 5,000 people turned out to hear the Republican Presidential Candidate. The message: limited government and more individual freedoms.
"The government is too big, our liberty is too minimal and that is the reason, the solution is shrink the size of government and give you your liberty back."
And a demand to end fighting overseas.
"The foreign policy has to change, the war has to end and we need to bring our troops home."
Despite being in last place supporters are hopeful.
"The enthusiasm, the excitement. They say he's unelectable, but there's 5,000 people here. How is he unelectable?"
It's momentum Paul hopes carries over nationally.
"I was told there'd be friends here, we'd have enthusiasm, but this is beyond my expectations." The other republican candidates will be in Illinois before the primary. Rick Santorum will be in Effingham Saturday. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich hit the Chicago suburbs before Tuesday.