More than 1,000 people flooded into a ballroom at the Grand Sierra Casino in Nevada for a Ron Paul rally, but it's safe to say a good bunch of them were hoping for more than a stump speech.
High anticipation surrounded the event since rumors spread the presidential candidate would appear with the ladies of the Bunny Ranch, an infamous legal brothel in Nevada and center of the HBO series Cathouse. Last month, the bunnies, as they call themselves, got a lot of attention for enthusiastically backing Paul for president.
In January, Dennis Hof and his Moonlite bunnies appeared in a picture holding letters that spelled out Pimpin' for Paul. Hof and his employees say they support his stance on legalizing prostitution nation-wide.
If a client comes into the Bunny Ranch and says 'I'm pimpin' for Paul,' they're gonna have a real good time, Hof told CNN last month. He said the ladies are asking johns to donate money to Paul's campaign in addition to services rendered.
It's unclear how the rumor spread, but dozens of photographers and reporters showed up at the casino hotel--the same one where Republican front-runner Mitt Romney was staying at, Yahoo! News reported.
To their disappointment, no bunnies were in sight. But the event still attracted an eclectic group of fervent Paul fans.
Paul is somewhat of a black sheep in the Republican Party for some of his libertarian views, such as supporting the legalization of marijuana, prostitution and gay marriage.
At Fox News presidential debate last year, the GOP hopeful defended his stance.
You can't hurt other people, you can't defame other people, but yes, you have a right to do things that are very controversial, Paul said in a Fox News presidential debate last year. If not, you're going to end up with government that's going to tell us what we can eat and drink and whatever.
Prostitution is legal in 16 counties in Nevada, which will be hosting its caucuses on Saturday. A Public Policy Poll released Thursday put Romney in the lead with 50 percent, Newt Gingrich following at 25 percent and Ron Paul in third place at 15 percent. In Florida, the Texan had completed in fourth, six points behind Rick Santorum.