Originally Posted by OldArmy
Congratulations to Ron. And his candidacy just about guarantees (with the 2-3% he'll get) that the dems keep the White House.
Democrats won't vote for him, independents won't vote for him and mainline republicans won't vote for him. But if he carries on to the general election (after losing the republican nomination) he'll draw off enough votes to throw the election to the democrats. Ross Perot all over again.
Ron Paul will drop out of the race no later than August 2012, because he has to announce his run for his Texas Congressional seat at least 70 days before the Nov 6 2012 election day. He won't risk being completely knocked out of gov't just to run a hopeless cause third-party race for the White House. I don't think you will have to worry about Ron Paul skewing anything, he'll bow out just like he did in 2008.