HUGE Opportunity in Pennsylvania...Submitted by DanInPhilly on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 19:59
...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'.