Rand Paul was once afforded most favored candidate status among conservatives and it appears thats party is over. Paul finds his presidential hopes fading fast, failing with fundraising and internal organizational problems, and according to sources close to his campaign, an understaffed campaign is beaten down by low morale.
With 16 Republican candidates seeking the nomination, Paul is now stuck in seventh place in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) national average, with less than 6 percent support. For some reason many are struggling to comprehend, Donald Trump and his “P.T. Barnum” act is at the top of the poll with 18.2 percent.
“There are so many new entrants into this sweepstake that I think he has been overshadowed by all the attention given to every new declaration of candidacy,” said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. “I think he, and his message, are getting lost — and it shows the dangers of a too-early announcement.”
Paul’s standing in the first states to vote, Iowa and New Hampshire, is better than in the national polls but not likely strong enough for him to climb back into the top tier status.
Ron Paul came second in the 2012 New Hampshire primary with 23 percent support and third in Iowa with 22 percent. Either of those results would be at the very high-end of expectations for his son at the moment.
Paul has taken in just $13 million, a fraction of what all of his major rivals for the Republican nomination have raised and far less than Paul hoped.
“It’s such a negative environment,” said one Paul aide. “Everyone is on edge, and no one is having any fun. They need to recapture some of their positive mojo, and fast.”
Paul is doing all he can to keep his name in the political news cycle, recently weighing in on the Planned Parenthood controversy, but calling on Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton to refund any donations she got from Planned Parenthood and guaranteeing a vote in the Senate to ban any taxpayer funding for the family planning group.
Not everyone is jumping off the Rand Paul ship. Rep Cynthia Lumis R-Wy thinks Paul is the presidential candidate best positioned to defeat Hillary Clinton. “By championing both economic and personal liberty, he inspires a conservative coalition more diverse than the group that elected Ronald Reagan.” said Lumis.
So there it is, a Reagan comparison and a declaration that Paul is the best candidate to defeat Clinton. If that sounds desperate it is because it is. The Paul presidential campaign is all but over.