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Ron Paul has gone 12 states without a win, but that may finally change tomorrow.
That's when 10 states will vote as part of Super Tuesday, in which about one-third of the Republican presidential race's remaining delegates — 419 — will be awarded.
On Sunday, Paul, who has taken to amassing delegates in smaller caucuses states en route to the Republican National Convention, appeared optimistic about his chances, saying that he'd likely collect a majority of the delegates Tuesday and predicting that he could win the three states holding caucuses: Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota.
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"Do I believe I could win? Yes," Paul said on Sunday of his chances of winning the party's nomination. "Do I think the chances are slim?," he continued. "Yes, I do."
But even those seemingly Paul-friendly states don't come without challenges. Paul, who placed second behind Mitt Romney in the Washington state caucuses on Saturday, has campaigned in Idaho, but the state's Mormon population — a quarter of its voters — will likely benefit Romney, The Associated Press notes. Romney and Rick Santorum have also made plays for North Dakota. And while no one but Paul has campaigned in Alaska, conservative voters may gravitate toward Santorum of Newt Gingrich, whom Sarah Palin has praised recently.
Paul also faces only Romney in Virginia because the other candidates failed to qualify for the ballot, but Romney is expected to win the state handily.
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