Even before the 2012 Republican Primary began, the mainstream media was already attempting to marginalize Ron Paul by misrepresenting statistics, purposefully neglecting to mention his name in the polls, and calling him un-electable (even though his polling numbers were among the best of all of the candidates). While these efforts most certainly shaped public opinion and caused a significant dip in Ron Paul’s straw vote totals, the media’s latest effort to black out Ron Paul may be backfiring. By proclaiming the Republican Primary over, the mainstream media have not only energized the Ron Paul base to get out there and pick up delegates, but they have also inadvertently discouraged Romney supporters from coming out and voting for their delegates. After all, why take the time to try to vote for a Romney delegate or become a Romney delegate for a convention that is already over?
As a result, Ron Paul people are flooding the voting booths and racking up delegates in many states where Romney won the popular vote. For example, in Nevada, where Romney won 50% of the vote, Ron Paul has picked up 22 of the 28 total delegates. In Louisiana, where Ron Paul received only 6% of the vote, he garnered 70% of the delegates. In Minnesota, where Ron Paul won 27% of the vote as opposed to Sanotrum’s 45%, Paul has picked up 20 of the 24 total delegates. In Maine, Ron Paul barely lost the popular vote, but won 23 of the 24 delegates. Ron Paul also won the majority of the delegates in Iowa, Washington, Alaska, Massachusetts (see video below), Colorado, and according to RT America Missouri and Oklahoma; even though he officially lost the popular vote in all of these states.
Although the GOP is now crying foul about their own election rules, this new development seems to be ironic justice considering the numerous documented cases of voter fraud against Ron Paul in the 2012 Republican race, as detailed in this article. There have also been electoral shenanigans on behalf of Romney supporters that do not technically qualify as voter fraud, but would certainly be viewed by most Americans as dirty politics. For example, Romney supporters have been caught on video with fake delegate badges passing out fake delegate lists, with the goal of fooling Ron Paul supporters into voting for Romney delegates.
With every mention of Romney as the GOP nominee from the mainstream media, another Ron Paul supporter is energized to prove them wrong and another Romney backer decides it isn’t worth the time to attend the delegate vote. As Romney popular-vote wins succumb to a superior Ron Paul delegate strategy, the mainstream media are further discredited among the general public. When the American population realizes that this race is still very much in play, the mainstream media’s credibility will be completely eroded, which will presumably provide an even bigger boost to the Paul campaign.
Most Americans don’t realize that some of the largest delegate states, with the highest likelihood of supporting Ron Paul, are yet to vote. Texas, Ron Paul’s home state, is scheduled for a vote on May 29th and California, another state with a large Ron Paul support base, will host its primary on June 5th. Collectively these two states represent 327 delegates, or 14% of the total delegates heading to the Tampa convention. The non-Romney vote will now be consolidated with Ron Paul, and with many states likely to support Congressman Paul yet to be decided such as Montana, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Nebraska; fireworks could still be ahead.