I recently read an interesting story on FreeMarketNews.com regarding the GOP attempting to defeat Ron Paul in the upcoming primaries by closing access to their state primaries so that Independents or Democrats cannot vote for Ron Paul.
For example, New Hampshire decided a week ago that you must change your party affiliation by October 12, 2007. New Hampshire also has a closed primary and only Republicans and possibly Independents will be allowed to vote for Ron Paul.
It would appear that the Republican party may fear the possibility of Ron Paul actually doing well in the primary… enough so that they are not willing to take the chance as it’s widely known that Ron Paul appeals to people from all areas of political background.
Ron Paul has support from independents, democrats, republicans, libertarians, greens and even some socialists and does have the possibility of bringing in a lot of people into the Republican party that would have traditionally never considered themselves as Republicans.
I would think that the party might want to embrace this trend rather than fight it. Paul stands to be a real “uniter not a divider” that the party needs.
You can currently view the status for each state by going to Ron Paul’s Primary and Caucus Information page.