Ron Paul hasn’t won a single state in the Republican primary so far. Pundits assume this should sound alarm bells among the congressman’s supporters. But the self-dubbed champion of liberty has increased his vote totals from his run in 2008, and his backers — even Paul himself — are taking the long view.
In the states that have voted so far, Paul has received 973,925 votes, versus 451,797 in 2008, a 115 percent increase. These numbers aren’t completely comparable: Hawaii switched from a closed caucus to an open primary, so he went from 0 to 1,902 votes in the Aloha State. In Idaho, meanwhile, he lost votes (dropping from 29,741 to 8,086), because the state switched from a primary system to caucuses.
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