Lawfuel.com – Libertarian GOP candidate Ron Paul is ignoring Florida and the question on many voters’ lips is ‘why?’ One of the reasons may be the sheer cost of the campaign in the state, which is a winner-takes-all state that will cost a small fortune.
Paul has not campaigned in the state and has not hidden from the fact.
There have been no events there for him since the South Carolina primary and there has been no Paul advertising. None.
Except for the week’s two debates, he wasn’t even in the state — and as the candidates prepare for a busy weekend there, he’ll be taking off for Maine.
As the Politico website indicate, it’s not that he’s so far behind — state polls show him neck-and-neck with Rick Santorum for third place. Florida’s just not part of the plan.
Florida is a winner-take-all state, so whoever finishes first gets all 50 delegates. Because it’s such a huge state, the campaign estimated it would take about $9 million to run a comprehensive operation — much more than South Carolina, where Paul’s campaign spent more than $1 million capitalizing on momentum coming off a strong New Hampshire showing in search of scattered delegates either way.
After a disappointing fourth-place finish in South Carolina last weekend, Paul’s campaign has re-emphasized its focus on states with caucuses, where more delegates can be racked up at a lower cost and with a smaller turnout of hard-core activists. Tired of what they feel has been an excessive number of debates, Paul’s advisers are happy they can now spend the next few weeks focused on retail politics in states being overlooked by their rivals.
So when Paul was lobbed the chances for standard home crowd political pandering at the CNN debate, he didn’t for a moment deviate from his usual, unflinching approach.