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HUGE Opportunity in Pennsylvania...

...but will the national campaign realize it?

According to another Daily Paul post by fellow Keystone Stater caardvaark, and according to this poll https://edisk.fandm.edu/FLI/keystone/pdf/keymar12_1.pdf , Santorum's 29 point lead over Romney in Feb has shrunk to within the margin of error in March.

Pennsylvanians are equally split among Santorum, Romney, and if you include the poll's margin of error, undecideds are almost as big a chunk of the electorate.

The top issue with Pennsylvanians?
#1 32% + 5% say economy/jobs
#2 10% say Gov't/politicians
#3 9% say electability

Looking at the poll data, Dr. Paul could make hay with his economic plan if properly promoted, is a no-brainer on the Gov't/politicians issue, and can tout his electability as being more or less equal to Romney and much better than Santorum.

Paul's heretofore less-than-strong suit issues with traditional Republican voters, foreign policy/wars/global, are barely blips on Penna Republican voter radar screens.

At this point, the RP campaign needs to make a stand! We will need a great primary showing to go along with the great caucus news that will be coming out around the time of the Penna primary. This is very do-able because of our delegate allocation rules, the Penna primary is not one big election but is really 18 smaller elections that can be won at the local level if the grassroots are properly nourished with a moderate helping of money and a BIG DOSE of hi-profile candidate activity!

IMO, if Ron Paul spent the 2-3 weeks leading up to the Pennsylania primary in his HOME STATE (yes, don't forget he was born near Pittsburgh and lived here into his 20s), doing a daily count of 3-5 mostly conventional political appearances mixed in with a couple of college rallies, I think he would do well in the beauty contest AND MORE IMPORTANTLY would provide a great boost to the grassroots efforts to the point where he could get as many as 50 delegates elected. The grassroots are out there, providing the push from the bottom, but we need Ron to be stumping the State providing the pull from the top.

Money will be an issue, but I think we Penna supporters, who have contributed over $576,000 to the campaign so far, will dig deeper if we know our money is being spent in our state! The polling data shows that Ron Paul's message has not yet been heard here in Penna, so NOT ONE DIME should be spent on any ads other than those spreading Ron Paul's basic economic message. We don't need no more Stinkin' negative ads, I'm sure the airwaves will be full of Romney and Santorum bashing each other.

Pennsylvania was Ron Paul's best State in 2008 for raw vote total and almost his best in % at 16%. Better than Ca and Tx. Yo, we're not called the Keystone State fer nuthin'.

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Harvest friends who are apolitical or are non-voters.

This is easy, free, and it will work wonders if we promote it:


Ignore the media's lies and propaganda.

The huge opportunity in PA is

to attack Romney to stop him from winning the nomination outright. Santorum is already finished. Beware the stealth Romney supporters on DP.



Paul could likely win

Paul could likely win Pennsylvania, just like he could have won Nevada, Maine and Iowa. Unless they are counting the votes by hand and Ron Paul supporters get to observe there is no chance of winning anything.

Focus on delegates or organize a Coup in the California primary. Pennsylvania is a waste of time.

We can win the Delegates

... in PA. We need poll sitters. The National Campaign has to release the names of PA Ron Paul Supporters to our County Coordinators soon!!!! We need names and contact info so we can line up poll sitters for our 19 districts (19 X 3 Delegates). That is the only way we win .... period.

See also: http://www.dailypaul.com/223378/ugent-poll-sitters-needed-fo...

Please enjoy, "RON PAUL And All That Jazz"
Central Pa, Lycoming County, Williamsport

Bypass the campaign.

Pull down the donor lists from fec.gov.

Good suggestion, but that won't show

all donors because if they haven't gone over two hundred dollars
they don't report them to the FEC. So you should try to get that
info from the official campaign.

Whether they can be bothered to respond is another matter.

Good luck!

PA needs Dr. Paul

I wish he would hit Penn State and Gettysburgh college. Dr Paul has a lot of supporters but most think he cant win because of the media blackout.

"Give me liberty or give me death" Patrick Henry


He needs to come to PA...end of story

NE Penn?

Just noticed in that poll when it was broken down by region that in
in Northeast PA (however that is defined) that Paul was polling
25 percent, much stronger that anywhere else in the state. Maybe
a good place to concentrate efforts?

He also polled strongest overall IIRC, among young people and
single, never married. There were a lot of undecided..

Too bad the official campaign seems to be missing in action..

PA primary vote for GOP nominee = straw poll

GOP delegates are elected in a closed primary directly by the Republican electorate and the elected delegates are not pledged. The edge lies with delegate candidates who 1) are state and federal politicians because they have name recognition and 2) have good ballot positions. The former have historically never campaigned for votes when running as delegates, so it's possible to do so and to thereby beat them. Unfortunately, the campaign doesn't seem interested in helping the RP candidates with campaigning. They appear to be on their own.

if only

if they actually had extra money... ie a 10 million dollar money bomb as opposed to a barely 1 million dollar ones... then they could money greases the machine no matter how much you like it he is cash poor

Letter to the editor

Its completely free, folks. Western PA is one of the oldest areas in the country, and lots of people still read their local paper. I got published on my first try:


Let's win Ron his home state

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito



Ron Paul'08

I've been out here all month!

There is definitely potential. However, it is a very Democratic state. I've done my best promoting the good doc.

I was at a party and happen to be wearing my Ron Paul shirt (from canvasing earlier that day) and one guy there was pretty critical. I made my case calmly and listened to his; and went about my partying (see: http://jaktober.com > picture on the right for an idea of my partying). Toward the end of the night his girlfriend told me that he had said something like, "You know what, I like that guy a lot more than I thought I would."

I've had some good conversations with people, got a lot of information out, and promoted the cause through my other work. I did some canvasing with a community outreach group (mostly "left") and got them to admit despite their disagreements Paul was the best candidate up there. Not sure if they registered Republican because of it, but at least they solidified a positive view of our guy.

The Primary is tough, and I know it is where we really need to be fighting, but even these type of "softening the left to Paul" outreach is useful, because if/when we get the Nomination, it'll help assure our victory in November.

I'd always like to register more to vote, always like to convince more Republicans, and always like to win easy; but this was never going to be easy, and it's going to depend on us showing up in Tampa in August and making a stand.

Jack Wagner



“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien