Ron Paul Still Thinks He’s Relevant…..Or Does He ?by Doug Mataconis
From ABC News’s Byron Wolf:
In most states with primaries where Republican voters voted for their Republican nominee preference, he got no more than 5 or six percent of the vote. He runs a distant fourth in the all-important delegate count.
Paul did better in the Northern Midwest caucus states, placing second in Montana, third in North Dakota and fourth, but with 15 percent of the vote in Minnesota. He also placed third with 17 percent at the Alaska Republican caucus and, despite a fourth place finish in initial voting, got 3 national convention votes in a backroom deal with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in West Virginia.
Those finishes, while they won’t secure Paul a huge chunk of votes at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis this summer, are enough for him to stay in the race, according to his campaign spokesman, Jesse Benton, who yesterday said Paul would reevaluate after Super Tuesday and described Paul’s quest for the White House as “not completely quixotic.”
No, completely pointless would probably be a better description at this point.
But while the campaign says they’re in this to stay, the signs are all there that, whatever it was that Ron Paul intended from this campaign, he’s pretty much done with it:
Paul was the only candidate not to host a party for supporters to rally after the Super Tuesday results. his campaign schedule is light in the near future. On Thursday Paul speaks to the conservative CPAC convention link: http://www.cpac.org/. He will stay in Washington for the rest of the week to vote in the House of Representatives and he has a rally for his Congressional campaign, being run concurrently with his Presidential one, scheduled in his hometown this weekend.
In other words, he’ll be in D.C., which holds a primary on February 12th, across the river from Virginia, also holding a primary on February 12th, and miles from Maryland, yep, you got it, also holding a primary on February 12th, and he’s not going to campaign at all. Instead, he’s going to Texas to attend a rally for his re-election campaign.
If that’s not a sign that they’ve thrown the towel in on this one, I don’t know what is.