Ron Paul: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum should not count him out

(CNN) -- Ron Paul's path to the GOP presidential nomination runs through early caucus states, the three-time White House hopeful said Sunday.

While the other three Republican candidates are campaigning in Florida ahead of Tuesday's primary, Paul spent the last few days in Maine, where caucuses are taking place through February 11.

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Paul said he cannot compete with the money spent in the Sunshine State, but that his message is resonating in caucus states, where his enthusiastic supporters can make the difference.

"I really do believe we're going to do quite well there and have a good chance of winning," Paul told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley about his chances in Maine.

Although Paul is charting an unconventional path to capture his party's nomination, the Texas congressman and champion of libertarian ideals, said he intends to stay in the race through the fall convention.

"We're going to stay in and see what comes of it," Paul said. "There have been a lot of ups and downs so maybe there will be some downs and we will be able to pick up the pieces."

When asked if he could eventually back his current rivals, Paul said it "would be difficult."

"They're not fixed on their beliefs, they vary and you know, they have their ear to the political noise that they hear," Paul said.

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