Michael Calhoun

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX/AP) — On the day Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race, it was Ron Paul — not presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney — who stole the show at the do-over Republican caucus in one of Missouri’s largest and most conservative counties.

St. Charles County Republicans reconvened Tuesday, weeks after the initial caucus was canceled after descending into chaos amid rules disputes and claims of favoritism.

Things went more smoothly the second time around. There were plenty of disagreements, including debate about taking a ten minute break that took longer than the break would’ve, but things never turned chaotic.

Paul supporters were highly organized. Some raised colored folders into the air during votes as a coordinating tactic and many were also spotted wearing earpieces. Despite his exit from the campaign, Santorum signs dotted the convention center parking lot.

KMOX’s Michael Calhoun reports from inside the caucus:

img 51761 Ron Paul Takes St. Charles County Caucus

A man who was asked to leave the caucus after stating that he was an Independent and not a Republican. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

It was Paul, not Romney, who drew support of the St. Charles County caucus-goers. Slates of Paul supporters were picked for congressional district caucuses later this month and the statewide GOP convention in June.

The caucus began just hours after Santorum announced he was suspending his campaign.

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