Caucuses are a hotbed for corruption. Votes can be changed, tossed, or miscounted at almost any time in some caucus settings. Transparency has been eliminated in the process as some counties wisp their results away to a secret location to tally the vote totals. Over 900 ‘dead people’ cast their votes in South Carolina and Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn recently stepped down amidst vote controversy. News coverage surrounding the Paul campaign has highlighted his failure to place first in 4 early contests, but online forums and organizations have been labeling voter fraud a potential culprit. The media is not reporting on Congressman Paul’s record breaking event crowds of over 3,000 in St. Cloud, 1,500 in Colorado, and other audiences trending the same numbers throughout the campaign. The Paul team is a well-oiled grassroots machine and has always been expected to perform exceptionally well, and even win in the caucus states.
With that being said Ron Paul led 4 out 5 Iowa Caucus polls in the days before the event but eventually fell to third place. Paul led FOX, CNN, and MSNBC entrance polls and with 27% of the precints reporting he was leading the field. Slowly as the tallies updated Paul fell to second behind mitt Romney and then suddenly to third behind Santorum by a few thousand votes. Ron Paul drew in crowds of over 1,300 while Santorum spoke to as few as 75 people at some Iowa rallies. In Nevada the entrance polls showed Congressman Paul edging out the Speaker and hovering around the 20% range, tying Newt at 17% among somewhat conservative voters. Beating Gingrich 35% to 11% among Moderately Liberal voters and trailing him 23% to 16% among tea party supporters.