(CNN) – The Fox News Republican presidential debate may have drawn little national attention and few top tier candidates, but it has proved to be a fundraising boon for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
According to Paul’s campaign website, the likely presidential candidate who was extraordinarily successful in raising cash in 2008 is at it again – to the tune of more than $1 million in an online cash push dubbed a “money bomb.”
The online fundraising effort was launched ahead of Fox’s debate Thursday night with an ambitious goal for $2 million. The million-dollar threshold was crossed early Friday morning.
The impressive showing is a clear sign the unorthodox Texas Republican will once again be a force in the Republican presidential primary, though his appeal with voters beyond his intensely-loyal base remains unclear.
A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed Paul at 10 percent among Republicans nationally, tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and behind Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, and Mike Huckabee.