To Win, Ron Paul Knows He Needs the Caucus States

We know that Barack Obama and Ron Paul share a foreign policy, but do they also share a strategy for getting to the White House?

It would appear so. Ron Paul will be traveling to South Carolina twelve hours after the New Hampshire primary debate, but his real focus will be on the early caucus states before Super Tuesday (March 6th), according to Larry O’Connor and Meredith Dake of who traversed the state of New Hampshire looking for stories.

At a campaign stop in Meredith, NH, Congressman Paul announced the next phase of his campaign strategy.

Ron Paul is polling at 20% in New Hampshire, well behind of Mitt Romney, the current frontrunner, but nine points ahead of Governor Jon Huntsman of Utah.

After New Hampshire and South Carolina, Paul is off to the early caucus states. Nevada, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, and Washington State all hold caucuses before March 6th. Though the rules vary in each state, Paul is hoping that his small bands of committed supporters can sway their fellow caucus goers in other states. If Ron Paul racks up enough of these small caucuses, he can create bedlam at the Republican National Convention. Paul could very well do quite well in Maine, for instance, where libertarian passions run hot.

Still it’s doubtful that Romney will offer much room for Paul. Both Romney and Paul are heavily organized in the early caucus states, but Romney has a history of winning them. He won the Wyoming county conventions and the Nevada caucuses in 2008. He also won Maine with 52% of the vote in 2008 over John McCain. This year there will be six more delegates, bringing the prize of Maine up to 24 total delegates.