Paul Campaign Statement on South Carolina Primary
“The race for the
Republican nomination is wide open—and is a marathon, not a sprint.”
LAKE JACKSON, Texas
Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released the following statement
regarding the South Carolina primary results. Below please find
comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:
“Ron Paul performed well in South
Carolina tonight despite his focus on
other states and campaigning in the Palmetto State for only four days.
“Dr. Paul quadrupled his 2008
numbers after tripling them in New
Hampshire and Iowa.
“Tonight’s results also throw this
race wide open. There still is
indisputable front runner. The long hard road to the
“As a result of their showing this
evening, establishment candidates
Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich will have a lot more questions raised
“Romney and Gingrich have an
abundance of big government positions and
flip-flops for which Republican voters will want answers. The
to those questions are out there and this is just the beginning of the
scrutiny of these candidates.
“If the Republican Party nominates a
candidate who supported the
healthcare individual mandate and bailouts, they do so at their peril
as tonight’s top two finishers would deliver President Obama a second
“After tonight, only 37 delegates,
or 1.6 percent of total delegates,
have been awarded. The race for the Republican nomination is a
marathon—not a sprint—and our campaign has in place a comprehensive
plan to secure 1,144 delegates and win the nomination.
“Ron Paul is the only candidate with
the plan and record to change the
status quo. He consistently polls the best of the Republican
candidates against President Obama, and has the grassroots support and
nationwide organization to sustain the type of campaign we are about to
“Looking ahead, we see a lengthy,
50-state national campaign. Dr.
Paul is fully prepared to win.
“See you on the campaign trail.”