Originally Posted by Savannah
I have seen, on many forums, similar posts by Ron Paul supporters blaming the media for Ron Paul's failure to win primaries.
Originally it was stated Ron Paul was saying this. His supporters can say whatever they want, just don't confuse the two of them.
While I agree that media coverage is very important in political campaigns, Ron Paul has spent a decent amount of campaign cash and has participated in a dozen debates, trying to get his message out to Republican primary voters, a segment of the voting population that should be more inclined toward his libertarian, anti-government rap, but he still has done extremely poorly in most of the contests.
Yeah, a decent amount of money from the hardworking people of the country and big donation from active military and veterans... not from huge corporations like financial giant Goldman Sachs who fund other candidates. That small change Paul raised was used wisely to get the message of liberty out there and it's worked, in my opinion he has been one of the most influential political figures in decades (he did hit #1 in Time's recent poll).
However, I question why you say he has done extremely poor in most of the "contests". Prior to the primaries he won the most straw polls and these straw polls were said to mean "nothing" by the mass media because they were just popularity votes. When the primaries rolled around and it came to nearly a 3-way tie in Iowa the media was quick to declare Romney the "winner" of the straw poll popularity contest... it was later discovered Santorum had won (this was discovered from Ron Paul supporters!). After Paul's close 2nd place in New Hampshire, Maine's poll came up and Paul was set to win... once again Romney was prematurely declared the winner before the votes came in; I believe to this day many precincts' votes are still "missing" (the area where Paul was highly favored... coincidentally).
Similar events keep happening in each state that follows and we see when Romney wins a Straw Poll popularity vote he is declared the "Winner" of the state... Now this is when things get interesting... when Ron Paul wins a primary Straw Poll you would think it would be declared he "won"... but what happens? Romney is declared the "Winner" because he got more delegates than Ron Paul in the primary... why? Because Straw Polls don't mean anything, they're just popularity contests... what really matters is the delegates won!
If that's the case then Ron Paul should be declared the "winner" in Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Washington, etc. where he SWEPT THE DELEGATES (taking ALL or a large majority).
But what happens when the stories of the delegates is reported on? We hear about how Ron Paul supporters are "cheating" the system and taking the delegates from the real "winner" that the people voted for in the non-binding straw poll popularity vote and yet somehow has no delegates... incredible.
Go ahead and look all that up, or I can provide plenty of references for you if you want (a bit pressed for time to dig them up atm). But this is why many Paul supporters are very upset about what has transpired.
Originally Posted by Spang
Ron Paul has won the least number of delegates. This is not golf they're playing.
Please quote your source for the actual number of delegates "won". Chances are it is from a major news outlet; most of the news given on the delegate count are simply just projections based on the non-binding straw poll votes which are not accurate at all. Paul has been picking up the majority of delegates at the caucuses despite what the popularity vote tells.
I don't think there's a truly accurate count to be found anywhere, and Paul simply smiles and says his campaign is doing very well with delegates and they will keep picking them up until Tampa where we find out who the delegates are voting for.
Santorum had virtually no delegates despite these projected numbers having him in 2nd place. This coupled with the notion that he would lose his "home state" of Pennsylvania were reasons why he is now officially suspending his campaign for presidency (also his campaign funds dried up).