The Paul-less universe

Just thinking out loud here, but one thing I’ve really been wondering about is just how much Ron Paul’s campaign helps Mitt Romney.  Do we have much of a sense of where Paul’s primary voters would be going if he were not running?  I haven’t seen anything– not to suggest that it’s not necessarily out there.  I would imagine a fair number of Paul’s supporters (especially the young ones)  simply would not be voting in primaries if Paul wasn’t out there.  But a good number still would be.  I have a hard time seeing many of them supporting Romney– the ultimate establishment candidate– but I also have a hard time seeing most of them supporting any of the other guys.   Still, I can’t help but think that the large number of presumably non-Romney voters he’s sucking up can’t help but be good for Mitt.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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