In what marks his first primary win, Ron Paul added the vast majority of Minnesota’s 24 delegates to his growing count yesterday. While neither political junkies nor average voters can figure out if Ron Paul actually has a shot of winning the nomination, the libertarian has quietly been amassing an army of delegates and funds, announcing late last week that he’s pulled in $10.4 million in donations since January in what is currently a debt-free campaign.
Compared to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s spectacular debt of $4.5 million and the hints he’s been dropping of throwing his support behind frontrunner Mitt Romney, Ron Paul appears to be in tip-top shape to square off against Romney for the nomination. In fact, Paul’s machinations to scoop up the delegates left in the wake of Santorum’s departure might actually pay off and put him in a position strong enough to challenge Romney’s dominance, though the likelihood of a Ron Paul victory remains small.
While several states and delegates remain to be won in the coming months, one of the biggest is also most likely to swing in Paul’s favor. The congressman’s home state of Texas stands to award the victor with over 150 delegates after the primaries on May 29. Other significant upcoming primaries include those in New York, Pennsylvania, California, and New Jersey.
Ron Paul’s particular brand of conservative values has gained him a fiercely loyal base while alienating him from the mainstream media and corporate donors. Though many supporters claim that the congressman can appeal to independents and democrats more so than any of the other candidates, much of Paul’s platform is supported by decidedly anti-liberal philosophy. He continues to adhere to his core goal of decreasing the size and power of the federal government in favor of strengthening states’ rights, and seeks to massively scale back federal programs such as welfare and Medicare.
Though many in the GOP wish to see a quick conclusion to what’s been a somewhat drawn out and disappointing race, it’s clear from yesterday’s victory that Paul intends to see his campaign through to the end.