Congressman Surges To Second In National Poll
February 8, 2012
In conjunction with a strong second place finish in the Minnesota caucuses, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is now polling in second place nationally, within eight points of front runner Mitt Romney.
Paul tallied a solid 21 percent in the new Reuters/Ipsos Poll released this week, beating rival competitors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who scored 19 percent and 18 percent respectively.
Romney still leads the pack with 29 percent, however, the poll finds that his popularity declined since early January, while, Paul’s support increased by five percent.
Romney “still hasn’t really convinced all the Republicans across the country that he’s the guy to get behind,” said Ipsos research director Chris Jackson in a statement.
“This poll further illustrates that Ron Paul is emerging as the real conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, and that he can also obtain the needed support from Independents and disenfranchised Democrats to defeat President Obama in November,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
With most of the votes counted in Minnesota, Rick Santorum won the caucuses with 45% of the vote followed by Paul with 27%, Mitt Romney, 17% and Newt Gingrich, 11%.
The result saw Paul garner 10 points more than Romney and a higher percentage than his previous best of 22.9 percent from New Hampshire’s primary one month ago.
Despite not yet outright winning any of the primaries or caucuses, Paul is picking up a significant amount of delegates, a point he highlighted in his speech last night following the announcement of the Minnesota vote.
“We had a very, very strong second place — and it’s going to continue,” Paul told more than 200 supporters. “We do have to remember: the straw vote is one thing, but then there’s a whole other thing — delegates — and that is where we excel.”
“So when the dust settles, I think there’s a very good chance that we’re going to have the maximum number of delegates coming out of Minnesota.” Paul said, noting that because of the loyalty and savviness of his supporters, he could still end up with more delegates out of Minnesota than Santorum.
In some states, the Congressman has seen his support triple or even quadruple on votes he received during his campaign four years ago. Paul told CNN that he is optimistic that he is going to keep picking up delegates and that the next major battle ground is in Maine, where results are to be announced on Saturday.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6:06 am