|| By FITSNEWS || As he prepares to jump into the 2016 presidential race, U.S. Senator Rand Paul‘s supporters are making the case that their candidate is the most electable “Republican.”
Specifically, they’re citing several recent polls showing Paul’s national support among GOP voters, his favorability in early voting New Hampshire and his ability to go head-to-head with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. They’re especially excited about polls showing Paul running neck-and-neck with Clinton in Pennsylvania – a swing state claimed by Democrats in each of the last three presidential elections.
“These polls support the belief that Rand Paul is a different kind of Republican – one who can defeat the Washington Machine and unleash the American Dream,” a statement from the Reinventing a New Direction political action committee (RANDPAC) noted.
Of course to defeat the “Washington Machine,” Paul will first have to defeat the “Republican Machine.” And while he’s well-positioned to win the New Hampshire “Republican” primary, Paul’s candidacy has yet to catch fire in early voting Iowa or South Carolina – where evangelicals and conservative activists wield disproportionate influence.
Can Paul rally Palmetto State conservatives to his brand of libertarian-leaning politics? Or does U.S. Senator Ted Cruz – who stumped in South Carolina last weekend – have the jump on these voters?
RANDPAC isn’t worried about Paul’s ability to win over the base – citing his three straight straw poll victories at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“Rand Paul has won this poll three years in a row, which proves he is capable of rallying the base, while also making the party bigger, better and bolder,” the group stated.
Guess we’ll find out soon enough …