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PETER NICHOLAS
Wall St Journal
March 8, 2012

As they consider their gains and losses from Super Tuesday, the leading Republican presidential candidates are all laying out scenarios under which they win the nomination. Rep. Ron Paul is even thinking one through under which he doesn’t win the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the prize.

The Texan’s team says the party may go to its summer convention with no candidate holding the necessary delegates, creating a floor fight in which the party turns to him. “A brokered convention is the most favorable situation for Ron winning the nomination,” said Jesse Benton, chairman of the Paul campaign.

After 23 nominating contests, Mr. Paul hasn’t won a single state. His strategy of focusing on caucuses, where his modest but devoted cadre of supporters might have outsize influence, has produced no victories in nine caucus states so far—including three on Super Tuesday.

Mr. Paul even traveled to Alaska in an attempt to win there on Tuesday, the only candidate to do so. He placed third.

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