“Ron Paul actually does not need a super PAC. He’s got the ‘send’ button,’’ said Republican strategist Phil Musser, who advised Tim Pawlenty’s campaign and is now supporting Romney. “He’s probably got the largest online fundraising database of any candidate other than President Obama.’’
But the so-called revolution behind the libertarian standard bearer may have peaked in his top-tier, but somewhat disappointing third-place finish in Tuesday’s Iowa caucus. While his rivals immediately rode their momentum out of Iowa to New Hampshire, which votes on Tuesday, Paul took two days off from the campaign trail. Three different polls released Friday showed Rick Santorum — who essentially tied Romney in Iowa – gaining on Paul’s second-place standing in New Hampshire. Of the three polls, Paul’s best numbers came the NBC News/Marist poll, which pegged his support at 22 percent, 20 percentage points behind Romney. Santorum climbed into third with a double-digit bounce over the past month, while Paul’s support improved only modestly.
“I wish I could say Paul has a better shot than he does,’’ said Charles Hildreth, a 72-year-old retiree from Milford wearing an Air Force veteran baseball cap at the Paul rally. “I don’t see first or second place … I would have liked to see him here sooner after Iowa, because more time on the ground means more opportunities like this.’’