THE STATE COLUMN | March 9, 2012
Although Mr. Paul finished in second place in North Dakota, one of three states that he had hoped to win, the Texas congressman took third in the Alaska and Idaho Republican caucuses. While he failed to win a single state on Super Tuesday, the former Air Force surgeon reminded supporters that winning the race is less about pulling in the most votes and more about securing delegates.
“The fact is, just like in many of the earlier contests, very few delegates to the Republican National Convention were decided on Tuesday. Most will be decided several weeks, or even months, from now at District and State conventions – conventions where our local delegates will have a big say in who goes to Tampa,” Mr. Paul argued.
In an interview with NPR on Wednesday, Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton explained why Mr. Paul could still win the Republican presidential nomination. “Most of the delegate projection is simply that, speculation based on how people think delegates will be allotted based on performance in nonbinding straw polls. They’re going to be elected through the state convention process,” Mr. Benton professed, adding that the Paul campaign’s strategy is to ”attack those state conventions, move through that convention process and capture delegates that way.”
As for whether he is considering dropping out of the race after a disappointing Super Tuesday, Mr. Paul promised to “fight until there is a clear winner – not because the media says that’s the end, but because the nomination has been clinched.”