Greenville News: Ron Paul Picking Up Herman Cain and Tea Party Supporters in South CarolinaSubmitted by Neverquit on Mon, 12/26/2011 - 09:48
Like a hardy perennial, Ron Paul is back as a serious challenge to the Republican frontrunners for president, a top-tier candidate in all three early primary states who benefits from some of the tea party support winnowed from the wilting campaigns of his rivals.
He’s more likely to win caucus states such as Iowa, political experts say, where several polls put him in the lead. In South Carolina, Paul has recently moved into third place in several polls, though results are mixed. In New Hampshire, he’s running as high as second place.
It’s not a surge made only of die-hard Paul supporters.
More than any other candidate, Paul has hammered recent frontrunner Newt Gingrich for what he calls hypocrisy and selling Washington access, chipping away with harsh TV ads at the former House speaker’s popularity and potentially setting himself up to collect valuable Republican delegates in the event of a neck-and-neck primary season between Romney and Gingrich, Republican figures say.
The Gingrich campaign has declined to respond in kind, promising a positive campaign.
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