There are only a handful who've weighed in so far, and their responses are an unscientific, very small-sample-size poll of who former Paul supporters could go for in 2016. Are Paul supporters excited at all by his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)? Do they like Bernie Sanders -- the closest thing Democrats have to their own Ron Paul? Are they looking elsewhere?
In lieu of specific polls showing who Ron Paul supporters like in 2016, our Philip Bump in April compared favorability of the father and son and found Rand is seen more favorably than Ron was. But Politico found in March that some "die-hard idealists whose energy powered [Ron Paul's] campaigns" were disillusioned by Rand and defecting. Rand inherits part of his father's base, it seems, but far from all of it.
And what celebrities are saying about 2016 bears that out as well. Here is what former Ron Paul fans have said about the 2016 race:
2012: Tweeted that she loves Ron Paul.
2016: Said she's considering Clinton. "I'm a fan of Hillary. ... I don't just want a woman to win, I want the right person. And I think she's also that," she told Rolling Stone magazine.
2012: Attended campaign event with Paul, invited him to the premier of "Couples Retreat," and was called a friend of Paul by his campaign.
2016: Said he likes Rand Paul the most. "I have gotten to know Rand through Ron, and I have found him to be very consistent on a lot of the issues where liberty is concerned, and liked him very much," he said in comments to college libertarians at the University of California Los Angeles in April. "There are some things I wasn't totally understanding of [regarding Rand Paul's politics, but] he is the candidate that is currently running that I am most sort of aligned with in sort of his thoughts and philosophies."
2012: Posted a photo of Ron Paul on Facebook that said "smoke weed everyday," writing "because i said so" as a caption. (We doubt this qualifies as a full endorsement, but we don't speak Snoop.)
2016: Said he'll vote for Clinton. "I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we're at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male's train of thought, and just to have a woman speaking from a global perspective as far as representing America, I would love to see that, so I'll be voting for Mrs. Clinton," he said Sunday on "Watch What Happens Live."
2012: Called Ron Paul "the most interesting candidate" and the only one "who's saying anything intelligent about the future of the world" in an interview with Rock Cellar magazine.
2016: Back in 2013, when there was still a chance Clinton could face a strong Democratic primary, Stone said he wanted Elizabeth Warren over Clinton. "Obviously I would support [Hillary Clinton] over some of the Republicans that are out there, but on the other hand, it's a shame that she was a hawk, she is a military hawk," he told HuffPost Live. "She was for the war in Iraq, she pushed Obama on Afghanistan, she has the typical view of the American empire as a good thing, as a beneficial thing for mankind since we're ... I would prefer Elizabeth Warren to her because she's a reformer and I like reformers."
2012: Maher said he liked Ron Paul and that he was "cut from a different cloth from the rest" of the Republican primary candidates.
2016: Said Rand Paul could "possibly" get his vote, in part because he's less of a hawk than Clinton. "Rand Paul is an interesting candidate to me. Rand Paul could possibly get my vote," he told The Hill in September. "As I always used to say about his father, I love half of him. I love the half of him that has the guts to say we should end the American empire, pull the troops home, stop getting involved in every foreign entanglement ... he's way less of a hawk than Hillary, and that appeals to me a lot because I'm not crazy about how warlike she is."
2012: Said he would seriously consider being Ron Paul's running mate if he ran for president as an independent.
2016: In a 2014 interview with Ron Paul, the former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler said, "It might be kind of interesting if Rand does run if he took his father for vice president." Ron Paul made a laughing face and said, "Yeah, that'd be a little weird. I don't think that's going to happen." But, hey, it's an option!