Paul skipping primary night in Florida
January 23rd, 2012
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul skipping primary night in Florida

(CNN) - Want more proof Rep. Ron Paul is looking past Florida to February's contests? Well, here it is.

While the Republican presidential candidate and longtime congressman from Texas will attend both of the GOP debates being held in Florida this week (including a CNN debate on Thursday night in Jacksonville), Paul won't be in the Sunshine State on primary day, January 31.

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Instead the Paul campaign tells CNN the candidate will be in Nevada and Colorado. Nevada is next up after Florida in primary and caucus calendar, holding its caucuses on February 4.

Colorado's caucuses come three days later, on February 7. Minnesota and Missouri also hold contests the same day.

The Paul campaign told CNN last Friday that they also won't go up with TV commercials in the Sunshine State. With its multiple and more costly markets, Florida is an expensive state to run campaign ads. Instead Paul's going up with spots in Nevada and Minnesota.

Fifty delegates are up for grabs in Florida, but it's a winner-take-all state and Paul's campaign feels the can better spend their resources in February's early caucus states, where they think they have a better chance to pick up delegates.

Paul finished third in Iowa's January 3 caucuses, a strong second in New Hampshire's January 10 primary, and last in Saturday's South Carolina primary.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Paul's numbers are slipping. I doubt he'll do very well in Florida anyways. Not enough young voters for him.

    January 23, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. corey k

    Pretty sure its only 25 delagates for FL. They were pentalized for moving up their primary.

    January 23, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Bill in Florida

    If Paul is skipping serious campaigning in Florida, then he's basically ending his campaign. You can't win if you skip the big-delegate states.

    January 23, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. willie floyd

    He seems to have a strong following among young people. I can't help but wonder if his desire to legalize marijuana has anything to do with it.

    January 23, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Ronald

    Nobody cares.

    January 23, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. PugPower

    "He seems to have a strong following among young people. I can't help but wonder if his desire to legalize marijuana has anything to do with it."

    Yes, this and and his desire not to get them blown up in a desert. Silly kids!

    January 23, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. kat

    This old fool needs to drop out, he's a distraction to all of the candidates.

    January 23, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. anonymous

    at willie floyd: he has never stated he would legalize marijuana..he believes that the so called war on drugs is a waste of tax payer money which it is..he would give the right for the states to decide kind of like the US Constitution says they should have that power in teh first place.

    January 23, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. David Burnham

    He is the only one in Congrass that I know of that doen't talk or take anything from lobbyist. We need people in Government that won't take money or favors from lobbyist. If they do they are obligated to someone and that person will come looking for his/her favor and you know it is only good for that person or instrest and not what is best for our Country. I know I will be voting for Ron Paul.

    January 23, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Steve

    Way to generalize young people as potheads who just want marijuana legalized. I'm highly doubt it has much, if anything to do with his success among the younger generation. I'd say it's much more likely that it's his strong fiscal responsibility record, along with his promise to get us out of foreign wars that we don't belong in, and that he's relatively moderate, socially.

    The last thing young people want is somebody like Bush who is going to blow all of our money fighting a war we have no business being in, while persecuting gay people for a lifestyle choice, and raising the debt ceiling. The reason people like Ron Paul is because we don't trust Mitt Romney to be fiscally responsible, don't trust Santorum not to take away what little rights gay people already have, and don't trust Newt Gingrich not to be a corrupt Washington insider who can be bought and paid for by big business.

    January 23, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. guy

    ron paul is not basically ending his campaign. he is trying to be strategic and thoughtful about how he spends money. it's another reason why he should win

    January 23, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. johnny

    Yeah Florida lost half of its delegates for moving to be an Early Primary state. Stay tuned for California with their near 200 delegates.. which Ron Paul won the Straw Poll. Wait, this news would project Paul could win.. let's not air that!!

    January 23, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Natalie

    I think Ron Paul is not so much seeking the Presidency, as he is seeking enough delegates to have a voice in the Republican platform, when it is drafted at the convention. He wants to see some change and he is wise enough to know that the Presidency is not the way he will be able to do it. RonPaul2012

    January 23, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Rich

    What Dr. Paul should do is find out where all his votes went in Iowa.. 8 precincts votes are missing.. and apparantly they weren't even counting Dr. Paul votes, they were just throwing them out..

    The American public needs to ask where those votes went.. and if not found, Iowa's delegates need to be evenly devided among the top 3...

    January 23, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. carrotroot

    Paul has no choice but to go after the delegates in the caucus States, despite all the noise his supporters make he's not able to get votes from traditional Republican voting blocks.

    January 23, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Rick

    Funny how people say Paul's campaign is dead considering Newt's was considered dead before South Carolina. Paul's done well in each primary so far where Newt hadn't.

    And no, marijuana legalization has nothing to do with why he's popular among young people. He's the only candidate that's currently serving Congress and he doesn't have a history of flip-flopping.

    January 23, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. L.C.

    “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams, 6th US President (1825-29)

    January 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Anke M

    Smart man. Dealing in Florida is a waste of money and the winner take off delegates is horrible practice anyway. Let the Romney and Gingrich baffoons wrestle it out in the sunshine for fraudulent votes. Pauls supporters will still vote for him whether he spends a lot of money there or not. Onward and upward Dr. Paul 🙂

    January 23, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Jessica

    I'm sick of ignorant people making the assumption that young people are only voting for Ron Paul because of his illegal substance stance. I have never used recreational drugs, I'm in my 20s and I'm voting for Ron Paul for reasons other than marijuana. He is the ONLY anti-war candidate and he is the ONLY one that is going to solve our debt problem. Please educate yourself a little more.

    January 23, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Ben

    @Willie Floyd – Way to stereotype. That would be like saying 'Gingrich seems to have a strong following upon older married people. I can't help but wonder if his condoning of cheating and divorcing wives is the reason.'

    You know why the youth stand by Ron Paul, because they can smell BS a mile away. They realize that Ron Paul is the only candidate that has ANY integrity (including Obama). He is the only one that can lead us out of this mess, because he is not willing to keep telling us what we WANT to hear; he tells us what we NEED to hear. If Gingrich wins, we are f#%ked! He is such a hawk that he'll have us embroiled in WW3 before the end of his first year....

    January 23, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Oscar

    It is fifty – they originally had 99. Paul could win Texas (155), California (172), maybe even New York (97). That's over 400 delegates plus whatever he gets in apportioned states. Even if Ron Paul doesn't win the nomination, he could hold the trump card in the convention. Then all bets are off.

    January 23, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Nick San Diegon

    Ron Paul may not get the serious consideration he deserves, but he can and will sway his followers towards ?????????????? Defintely not Newt. So for all intents and purposes, Newt should just fold up his tents and go home NOW. all he's doing is giving the Dems more ammo in the General.

    January 23, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Publius Novus

    Florida's GOP delegates were cut in half because they defied the Republican Party's (reasonable) request that the state not move its primary so early in the year. So there are 25 delegates at stake, not 50. As for Rep. Paul, his goal is to keep his campaign alive and current with the voters so that he can run a third-party/independent campaign.

    January 23, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Why

    Paul has the young vote because young people are all to aware that the social programs we will be paying into will not be there for us in our golden years. Older people dont want anyone to remove the net they payed into thier whole lives. Only one canidate allows both sides to get what they desire. Allow young people to opt out of SS and medicare and cut overseas spending to shore up the costs to provide these serices to those who already paid into them and phase out of a system that we all know wont last another 50 years!

    January 23, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Publius Novus

    I hear you loud and clear Jessica, and I believe you. That the fact that you believe Rep. Paul can solve our "debt problem" scares the h- out of me. Let's just assume for a moment the extremely unlikely possibility that a presendent Paul would succeed in cutting $1 trillion from the federal budget in one year. Have you any conception of what that would do to our national economy? The question answers itself–obviously, you do not. Either that, or you willfully seek the destruction of the United States.

    January 23, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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