There's a bit of a debate over whether Mitt Romney lost by winning six states on Super Tuesday, but there's no disputing that Ron Paul had a bad night by winning zero. Paul put a lot of effort into winning the three caucus states -- Idaho, North Dakota, and Alaska -- and failed in each. Why did Paul do so poorly? Maybe he's reaching for the wrong voters.
Paul was the only Republican primary candidate to have a physical campaign office in Idaho, ABC News' Jason M. Volack reports. He was the only one to visit Alaska. His North Dakota campaign headquarters had been open for four months. Idaho is "is as famous for its libertarian streak as for its potatoes," Politico's James Hohmann writes. (It's also famous for his black-helicopter-fearing militias.) But maybe Paul should give up on those government-skeptical westerners, since it looks like his real base has become liberals. In Virginia, only Paul and Romney were on the ballot in the state that has an open primary, allowing voters of all parties to vote. Paul won 41 percent of the vote to Romney's 59 percent. But 70 percent of Republicans voted for Romney, CBS News' Stanley Feldman reports. Independents counted for half of Paul's vote; 7 percent of his total came from Democrats. In Vermont, Romney beat Paul 40 percent to 26 percent. But Feldman notes that Paul got a much larger portion of the Democratic and Independent vote -- 42 percent and 38 percent, respectively.