Ron Paul is the final Mitt Romney alternative in the GOP presidential race now that Newt Gingrich is bowing out of the race, a fact that has wide-ranging implications for the party’s chances of winning the White House in 2012.
- Though Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign has been consistently underestimated, much as his 2008 campaign was, he has managed to continue to bring in millions of dollars in donations, and to pack his rallies with thousands of vociferous supporters.
As such, it is no surprise that he is the last man left in the race against Mitt Romney. From day one Ron Paul, a Texas congressman and medical doctor, has been couched by the mainstream media as an underdog, a sideshow candidate incapable of beating his establishment opponents and unworthy of much attention.
But he has proven over and over again that he is a strong force, and recent news reports indicate that he is not going away anytime soon. Unlike Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain,Rick Santorum and other candidates who were once seen as frontrunners, Paul has always flown under the radar, slowly and methodically gathering delegates along the way.
He may not be winning the votes of entire states like Mitt Romney, who picked up five more states on Tuesday, but he is winning over individual delegates to the nominating convention, already having secured half of the delegates in both Iowa and Minnesota, and working on a number of other states.
As such, Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign is hoping for something like Warren G. Harding’s surprise win in 1920, when Harding eventually won despite heading into the convention with the fewest delegates of any remaining candidate. And Harding went on to sweep into the White House.