Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is already looking past the South Carolina primary with plans to make the most of a few states that could be more receptive to his libertarian, Internet-driven message.
Paul campaigned across seven South Carolina cities the day before Saturday’s first-in-the-South primary, flying to a series of rallies in airports to tell voters he hopes his support for limited government and greater personal freedom will resonate in their state.
“We want a free society and a prosperous society, and we are on the verge of a victory for those issues today,” Paul said in Greenville.
His campaign announced that it had purchased a substantial ad buy in Nevada and Minnesota, two states holding caucuses next month. His advisers are crafting a strategy built on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign model, urging supporters to organize themselves online and show up at caucuses to gain a significant number of delegates.
Paul planned to largely skip Florida, which holds its primary Jan. 31.