Ron Paul Polls 2012: Texas Congressman Notches Another Victory
Ron Paul dominated the Oklahoma Straw Poll, pulling in 46 percent. Herman Cain, who recently dropped out of the race, received 25 percent. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, the two frontrunners in larger national polls, pulled in 17 percent and 6 percent, respectively, in the Oklahoma Straw Poll.
Paul, who has a passionate following online, has historically done well in online votes and polls ever since his 2008 presidential candidacy. However, he has also done well in offline polls in 2011. For example, he came within one percentage point of winning the Ames Straw Poll in August.
Paul’s camp also pointed out another recent victory for the Texas Congressman; the Des Moines Register poll showed that Paul was voted the most “principled” candidate.
Moreover, Paul’s camp stated that in the NBC News/Marist Poll, Paul was the only GOP candidate who was not bested by President Barack Obama in a hypothetical contest.
Paul pulled 15 percent of Iowa’s Democrats. Among independents, he pulled in 42 percent versus 35 percent for Obama.
The NBC News/Marist Poll and other polls showed that the ability to beat Barack Obama is a key determining factor for which candidate Republican caucus-goers will support.
Paul came in third in the overall NBC News/Marist GOP poll for Iowa at 17 percent, behind Newt Gingrich at 26 percent and Mitt Romney at 18 percent.
“Ron Paul can win, it’s not impossible,” posted a commenter on the Oklahoma Republican Party’s Facebook page.