I said this after the last debate, even to the Ron Paul web site. Paul is only winning various polls because of a motivated support base, many of whom vote like they would for American Idol. 45 minutes after the debate finish and Ron Paul is ahead in the electronic polls about who won the debate.
Ron Paul did NOT win that debate. He has rabid supporters who are very active on the internet and with text messaging. I applaud their zeal and the Paul campaign for embracing such activism on their behalf. However, just because someone won the polling on Fox News or MSNBC, that does not mean that they have the majority of support or won the debate. I get messages from his campaign begging me to vote for the candidate. Last debate, I did vote for him, since I believe he did win the debate. Not this time, though.
Ron Paul may just have lost the race with his comment on the reason for the 9/11 attacks.