Ron Paul’s latest “money bomb” — an online birthday bash launched yesterday — had raised nearly $1.5 million by midnight and was hoping to raise as much as $1.75 million by noon Pacific Time on Sunday.
Paul, who spent most of the day campaigning in delegate-rich Florida — site of the increasingly irrelevant “Presidency 5” straw poll in Orlando next month — turned 76 on Saturday.
“Wow, what a wonderful birthday gift,” an exalted Paul wrote to supporters on Facebook shortly before boarding a plane to Texas. “Please spread the word, tell all your friends and consider chipping in right now!”
Paul, who’s increasingly convinced that he can win the Republican presidential nomination despite a phalanx of naysayers in the media and within his own party, urged his supporters to give generously so that his campaign can “go around the establishment and talk directly to the people.”
Earlier yesterday, Paul captured the Young Republicans Straw Poll in New Hampshire, defeating frontrunner Mitt Romney by 35 percentage points and finishing a staggering 37 points ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP’s latest flavor-of-the-month.