ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Rep. Ron Paul's wife Carol fell ill this morning and was admitted to a hospital in Des Moines, delaying her husband's appearance at the Iowa Republican Straw Poll.
Paul's wife has a preexisting heart condition and was admitted because of an extended episode where her heart rate dropped dramatically. A campaign spokesman campaign said she has stabilized and seems to be in the clear, but is remaining for the moment at the hospital in Des Moines. The campaign says Paul is comfortable enough with her condition that he is now heading to Ames for the poll. He missed several events with supporters planned for the morning.
Paul is the buzz candidate of the moment, despite low poll numbers. His army of young, motivated, libertarian-minded Republicans are trying to prove their organizational worth by being the most visible contingent at the poll.