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Florida is full of old people who are George Bush republicans, Ron would be wasting his time and money
Originally posted by getreadyalready
I'm a Ron Paul supporter, and a Floridian, and I've been stumping for him down here for at least 6 months now. Herman Cain won the Straw Poll here, we have one of the most active Tea Parties in the Country, and the state is completely up for grabs. Florida has a ton of delegates, the Republican National Convention will be held here, etc., etc., etc.
What the hell is Paul thinking to completely bypass us?
Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said Sunday that the Texas congressman will focus his efforts on states with February caucuses after South Carolina.
He specifically cited Louisiana, Nevada and Maine as places where they are bulking up their operations.
“We’re focusing there to win those caucuses,” Benton said in the spin room after Sunday’s debate.
Benton guessed it would cost about $9 million to run a comprehensive program in the Sunshine State. He said they will not run television ads there, send mailers or do phone banking.
Because the state moved up its primary in violation of Republican National Committee rules, Florida lost half its delegates.
“It’s such an expensive state, and with their delegates cut in half, the math just doesn’t make any sense,” he added. “We’re a delegate-focused campaign. We’re focused on winning the 1,150 delegates to secure the nomination. And the amount of resources and time it would take to compete for those 50 delegates just didn’t make sense to us.”
OK, so we lost half of our delegates, but this is where the real election, for President, will be won or lost. This is where all the hype and energy surrounding the RNC will be. This is where 750,000 Jews live, so he can put to bed the anti-Israel bunk.
Paul needs Florida. Without Florida he won't get the nomination, guaranteed.
He will still be on the ballot here, so he may still have a decent finish, but if other candidates swarm the state, then Paul is dead in the water.
What a tactical mistake this is. Not only for his campaign, but also to give his many supporters here a punch in the gut.
I'm seriously disappointed and pissed off, and I don't even know what I will do with my support now. I can't support any other GOP candidate, nor Obama. Will this just take the wind out of the voter energy here? Will people (like me) decide to just not turn out for the primary?
To elaborate a little more from my follow up posts below. This is a win for Perry, Newt, and Santorum, which means this is also a win for Romney. Romney benefits from a large fractured field of candidates. Perry was ready to drop out after Iowa, but now he can spend that big bankroll in Florida and resurrect his campaign with a decent finish here, which means he will still be in the race all the way up to Super Tuesday.
Paul had a chance to get momentum from 4 straight strong finishes in January, and narrow the field and benefit from the anti-Romney sentiment, and it looks like he is going to miss that opportunity.edit on 10-1-2012 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)edit on 10-1-2012 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by getreadyalready
After a strong 2nd place in New Hampshire, and CNN coverage in S. Carolina made Paul out to be the favorite there! Now is there more reason to attack Florida with all of his resources? Florida is a winner-take-all state, so if he eeks it out, then those delegates are all his!
According to the CNN coverage last night, a lot of the undecideds switched over to Paul. Florida polls were showing about 50% still undecided.
I'm starting to think he will actually win SC!
I admit, he did better than I thought he would in Iowa and NH...but he was polling well in both of those places weeks ahead of the elections. That isn't the case for SC and FL>