Ron Paul now a frontrunner, in the race to win it Larry Fester Published 11/07/2007 - 4:58 p.m. EDT http://www.usadaily.com/article.cfm?articleID=154392 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul just demonstrated that he is one of the frontrunners and in the race to win. Two days ago Ron Paul raised 4.2 million online from over 36,000 donors averaging $103 per person. It was the largest online haul and the biggest single day of donations for a Republican candidate ever. Bob Novak said of Ron Paul: "Raising this sort of money could increase Paul's support. First, it suggests that he is a legitimate candidate and not the Dennis Kucinich of the GOP. This might make some potential supporters less wary about "throwing away their vote." Also, going into the early states, he will have a huge cash-on-hand" Paul did well raising over 5 million in the third quarter with over 5 million in cash on hand at quarterâs end. At that point his candidacy should have been recognized by media outlets as the real deal but instead media outlets have continued to rely on their own polls to determine a candidateâs viability. In this election the media polls have proven to be at best an obsolete and lagging indicator, or worse, a tool to manipulate the public. There also appears to be a faulty view among media pundits that online users are a different group of people than Cable News viewers. Media corporations appear to be struggling with the possibility that they are losing control over the election process and becoming slightly less relevant than before. The internet is user driven and as its role in politics grows, media corporations may have to adapt and follow the lead of online indicators instead of their own polls. Paulâs recent surge in fund raising along with the large crowds that show up at events has made him one of the frontrunners in the GOP race. Up until now many Republicans sympathetic to his message, as Novak points out, have been afraid to waste a vote on Paul. That view has changed. Paul told supporters today, âThe day is coming--far faster than they know--when they will not be able to ignore our freedom revolution. He continued, âThere is hope for America--in a people's revolution that brings us all together, of whatever race and age and background.â Ron Paul does not sound like a protest candidate but a candidate that can win. Paul seems to have the momentum now regardless of what the polls say. Paulâs issues like civil liberties, military non interventionism, border security, monetary reform, eliminating federal income taxes, and limited government, appear to be resonating in a big way.