Rand Paul's donations show his small-town appeal

Although Rand Paul has received hundreds of contributions from donors in cities such as Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix, a disproportionate number have come from donors in smaller cities and towns. More than a quarter of Rand Paul’s online donors list addresses in communities with populations of less than 10,000. According to the 2010 Census, about 15 percent of Americans lived in incorporated areas with populations of less than 10,000. That support reveals his appeal among rural donors (like those in his home state of Kentucky).

At least 21 contributions have come from donors listing an address of Cumming, Ga., which has a population of about 5,500. At least 15 donations are from Magnolia, Tex., one for every 105 residents in the Houston suburb.

The two Pauls do share some of the same donor base: At least 2,000 of the donors to Rand Paul in April gave money to his father’s 2012 campaign, an analysis of Federal Election Commission data shows; the number is very likely higher because many small-dollar contributors do not appear on F.E.C. filings.