“COULD RON PAUL WIN?”
That’s the blaring all-caps, three-column headline on the front page of today’s Des Moines Register (WIN is in RED!). “If any establishment Republicans are trying to comfort themselves by believing that Paul’s support in polls will melt away on caucus night, they should consider this: In the Register’s final Iowa Poll before the 2008 Republican caucuses, 9 percent of people who planned to caucus said they favored Paul. In the actual caucuses, he was backed by 10 percent of voters,” Mary Stegmeir, who covers the Paul campaign for the Register, writes with Tony Leys. “He’s reaping the benefit now of having run four years ago and keeping in contact with supporters.” Mary notes that Paul is getting some of the largest Iowa crowds this year – including outside the university towns where he’s most popular. Also: “Paul, himself a veteran, brags that no other candidate receives as many donations from members of the military.”
Via The Morning Score.