2012 Presidential Race Politics State & National News

Santorum, Paul have little chance in Florida

January 26, 2012

Papers across the state are reporting that GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are pulling back on their efforts in Florida. Both will be at tonight’s debate, but neither has the cash to win the Jan. 31 primary.

Santorum’s team has confirmed their candidate will be at New World Landing today at noon. The focus seems to be fundraising for primaries elsewhere. AP reports that he doesn’t plan any advertising in Florida. Instead, Santorum will place his hopes on building on his caucus victory in Iowa and try to pull off wins in the Midwest– Missouri and Minnesota.

Paul has only come to Florida for the debates. He appears to be building a foundation for his son Rand to run in 2016.

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  • Courtney January 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    By the way, Paul has raised 3 times more than Newt and Santorum combined.

  • L.Laird January 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Florida Secretary of Education, last yr reported 27,000 Escambia County adults were functionally illiterate. Same department just reported Escambia Schools were rated 42 in the state out of 62 or so….No wonder Republicans flock to Pensacola…

  • Courtney January 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t think it’s that Paul doesn’t have the cash so much as he doesn’t want to waste it on a state that is a winner-take-all primary who lost 50% of it’s delegates. Paul has raised more than Newt or Santorum. Why put a good portion of your money into a state that if you lose by one vote you come away with 0 delegates? Seems like a good strategy just to be here and continue running ads in Super Tuesday states instead where he can capture delegates with out having to win outright.

  • chip chism January 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

    NPR also claimed 25% of Escambia County qualifies as ‘functionally illiterate.” If these figures hold true for the rest of the state I’d say Santorum has a great chance….

  • Ames January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    NPR reported this morning that Newt doesn’t have funds for ads in this state.