Texas Rep. Ron Paul has hit a rough patch in his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. He has yet to capture a primary or a caucus state, and while he insists that he will continue running, he runs the risk of becoming a non-factor.
Unless Paul can win somewhere, and soon, he will become more of an asterisk in the GOP campaign than a real player. Paul's strategists were disappointed that he failed to win either Alaska or Idaho this week, and he is getting less media attention then he used to.
Paul is now focusing on the Kansas caucuses Saturday, but he lags in the polls there, and he is unlikely to score a breakthrough in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries next week.
Republican strategists say one of Paul's problems is that his views on foreign policy, which have alienated many GOP voters, especially his opposition to U.S. military interventions around the world and his criticism of U.S. efforts to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Still, Paul strategists predict that he will continue to pick up delegates and could have enough support to influence the party platform and secure a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. If the race is close between the front-runners, Paul could also play the role of broker, his strategists say.