CSM: Will Ron Paul be Last Rival Standing to Mitt Romney?Submitted by telepathic on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 15:04
Paul’s dedicated followers usually flood caucus sites. So look for him to do better than predicted in Minnesota and Colorado, as well as in Maine, which will announce caucus straw-poll results on Saturday. As University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato tweeted this week, “Just as in NV, Ron Paul will probably out-perform his pre-election polling in virtually all the upcoming caucuses.”
March may thus see a GOP race where Romney leads, followed by Santorum and Paul, and Gingrich falling. That’s when Paul’s cash comes into play. Santorum may not have enough money to take advantage of such a moment. According to the watchdog group Center for Responsive Politics, he had only about $279,000 in his coffers at the end of the 2011 reporting period. That’s nothing but fluttering moths and a few Canadian quarters, politically speaking.
In contrast, Paul had $2 million in the bank at the end of 2011. Paul has also shown the ability to keep the money flowing in during good times and bad. His haul for the entire cycle has been $26 million, second only to Romney’s $56 million.
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