Paul Quietly Advances

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 30 2012 @ 11:32am

John Hudson tracks waning mainstream media coverage of Paul: 

[M]edia coverage of GOP candidate Ron Paul is back to nearly nothing, according to Nr quiz the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. This week, less than 5 percent of all campaign stories focused on Paul, the lowest point since Dec. 11. when strong performances in Iowa and New Hampshire helped stoke some interest. Over the same period, Paul's performance in the polls has only improved, going from the single digits to 12.7 percent, putting him nearly even with Rick Santorum, in the current RealClearPolitics average.

Grace Wyler explains why Paul is effectively skipping Florida: 

Senior advisors for the campaign say that they remain focused on picking up as many delegates as possible — and that means allocating its resources efficiently. …The Paul campaign is looking ahead to Nevada, Minnesota, and Colorado, all of which will vote in caucuses next month. That means limited press exposure for the candidate, but the campaign hopes that a win — or strong second place finish — in any of those states will turn the conversation back to Paul, while also racking up all-important delegates. "Between February 4 and February 7 more delegates will be chosen than in Florida, South Carolina and New Hampshire combined. Florida lost half its delegates, so we're not that worried," [campaign manager John] Tate said, noting that, so far, only 37 of the 2,000 convention delegates have been selected.