Two million more than the preliminary numbers his campaign released earlier this week. His supporters have gone from spamming internet votes to spamming his campaign coffers, obviously. 🙂 And doing it while the top GOPer’s are all declining. Before you know it, they’ll be spamming the ballot box!
Howard Dean was able to translate internet excitement to a lead in the polls in 2004, and to be honest, I see no reason to think Paul can’t do the same thing. There are no ‘anointed ones’ on the GOP side this year, and every top candidate has major question marks. Plus, Paul has a unique message that breeds loyal followers and perhaps the most enthusiastic base of support of any candidate, except maybe Barack Obama (who himself DOES have to deal with an ‘anointed one’). At the very least, Paul has forced the rest of the GOP field to acknowledge that there are a whole lot of people out there who might be willing to vote for them if they’d start doing more than paying lip service to ideals of freedom and small government.
It’s hard to dislike Paul and his message, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s a sound message, a freedom based message, and a very Reaganesque one as well.