Libertarian nation, from New Hampshire to Nevada
Third-quarter presidential fundraising statistics are out, and places like the New York Times have rather unhelpful maps that show where candidates are getting their money but are not adjusted for population differences. However, Republican consultant Patrick Ruffini has calculated which states have given the most to liberatarian-leaning GOP candidate Ron Paul on a per-capita basis. New Hampshire and Nevada are on top, and support for Paul is weakest in the South. The geographic pattern is similar to support for third-party candidates John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992; we’ll have to see if that enters into Paul’s decision on whether to go for a Libertarian Party run, assuming he doesn’t get the GOP nomination.