Ron Paul’s 130,000 votes in Pennsylvania

Ron Paul  APLittle attention has been paid to the Pennsylvania Republican Primary results.  Almost 800,000 Republicans turned out and Ron Paul received 16% of the vote (Huckabee received 11%).  This is not a ringing endorsement of Senator McCain.  Rep. Paul’s strong showing raises some interesting questions about McCain’s overall electability.  Clearly Mr. Paul does not have Obama’s charisma, but in certain ways he tapped into the same voter trends.  He attracted a large number of young voters with his strong anti-war rhetoric (his rhetoric was far stronger than even Senator Obama’s) and his calls for a fundamental change in the culture of Washington.  Yes he did also raise other issues including the NAFTA super highway etc), but one would need to ask the question what will these voters do in November?  It seems unlikely that they will vote for McCain’s 100-year presence in Iraq.  If Clinton were to be the nominee, it would also seem unlikely that they would support her Washington status quo insider campaign.  What about Obama? Clearly Rep. Paul and Obama differ greatly on many issues.  But on the issues that were stressed by Paul (Iraq, change in Washington, respect for other nations) it would seem that these voters are closer to Obama than McCain.

 

One can also wonder if Mr. Paul’s 130,000 votes in Pennsylvania were in fact Obama supporters.  The primaries were closed meaning that Republicans could not vote in the Democratic Primary.  It would seem logical that republicans who opposed McCain’s war stance would make a statement by turning out for Paul.

 

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One Response to “Ron Paul’s 130,000 votes in Pennsylvania”

  1. […] Plinynovo’s Weblog wrote an interesting post today on Ron Paul’s 130,000 votes in PennsylvaniaHere’s a quick excerpt … it would seem that these voters are closer to Obama than McCain…. If Clinton were to be the nominee, it would also seem unlikely that they would support her Washington status quo insider campaign. What about Obama?…Clearly Rep. Paul and Obama differ greatly on many issues….One can also wonder if Mr. Paul’s 130,000 votes in Pennsylvania were in fact Obama supporters…. […]

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