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Ron Paul Predicts 3 Wins On Super Tuesday

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Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul attends a town hall meeting at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, on December 28, 2011. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - On “Face the Nation,” Texas Rep. Ron Paul sounded optimistic about the rest of the Republican nominating process. He predicted that he will obtain a “majority of delegates” in Tuesday’s bundle of nominating contests.

Spending the day campaigning in Alaska, Rep. Paul told host Bob Schieffer that he is looking to win three of the seven “Super Tuesday” states — Alaska, North Dakota and Idaho. Those three states are holding caucuses on Tuesday, and Paul is sticking with his strategy of focusing on the small caucus states that rely on activist voters.

Those three states have a total of 87 delegates at stake — about 20 percent of the number to be allocated Tuesday. Paul told Schieffer that there is a “good chance we come out with a majority of delegate.”

According to CBS News, Paul is currently in fourth place in the delegate count with 20 delegates — not including his second place Washington State finish Saturday — while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is leading with 187 delegates.

As for wrapping up the nomination, Paul said, “Do I believe I could win? Yes,” but he said the chances are low. “Do I think the chances are slim? Yes, I do,” Paul said, but noting political events are in a state of “flux,” meaning anything could happen.

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