Ron Paul's presidential campaign keeps on keepin' on.
Fresh from a successful round of fundraising, the underdog Republican presidential candidate is looking ahead to the Rhode Island, New York, and Pennsylvania primaries being held on Tuesday to harvest more nominating delegates. And he is campaigning hard in Texas, his home state, where he expects to do well in a primary May 29.
Paul is far behind frontrunner Mitt Romney in the delegate hunt, but he promises to stay in the race. Paul and his supporters say he can have a big impact on the Republican party and the nation's political debate by continuing to push his libertarian ideas right through the Republican National Convention this summer.
Paul is running a TV ad in Rhode Island calling attention to his proposals to cut federal spending, eliminate several federal departments, and limit the power of the Federal Reserve. He is often a big draw on the road, especially among the young. He spoke to an estimated 2,000 people at the University of Rhode Island Wednesday and drew 4,000 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York Thursday. He is scheduled to campaign in Pennsylvania this weekend.
Paul is soliciting support privately from Christian conservative leaders such as Brian Jacobs, senior pastor of the Metroplex Family Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Paul is expected to reach out to other evangelical leaders in conference calls over the next several days.
Paul organizers also are working behind the scenes to boost his delegate totals in states that are still choosing delegates, such as Alaska and Colorado.
Paul reported Friday that he had raised nearly $10.4 million in the first quarter of this year, giving him enough money to continue campaigning. He reported $1.8 million in cash on hand and no debt. These totals do not include $1.4 million that his campaign says it collected this week in conjunction with the April 17 deadline for filing federal income tax returns.
The next round of primaries will be Tuesday with contests in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. There are three major candidates left in the GOP race—Paul, Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.