“He’s real. That’s what makes the difference for me.”

Some of Paul’s most vocal supporters admit they don’t agree with him on all issues.

Patrick Batey of Mount Pleasant, for one, doesn’t think the Federal Reserve should be abolished. But he still plans to caucus for Paul, and would even consider supporting Paul as a third-party candidate.

“He doesn’t have that glossy sheen that all the other candidates do,” said the 27-year-old. “I guess I don’t feel like he’s trying to deceive me.”

Danijel Pejkanovic, an 18-year-old University of Iowa student from Kalona, offered a similar analysis.

“He’s real. That’s what makes the difference for me,” he said.