MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) greets supporters outside Webster Elementary School, where New Hampshire primary voting is taking place, on January 10, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. According to recent state-wide polls, Paul is in second place in a field of six hopefuls but still lags behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by more than 20 percentage points in this New England state. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Where's Ron Paul? The Republican presidential candidate has spent most of the past week at home in Texas rather than on the campaign trail.
His decision isn't likely to quiet speculation that he's not really in the race to win.
Polls show that Paul is in the thick of the competition in next Saturday's South Carolina primary. He finished in the top three in Iowa and New Hampshire this month.
But his absence from the trail this past week and earlier comments suggesting he didn't expect to occupy the White House have led to suggestions that his race is mostly about drawing attention to his libertarian ideas, such as eliminating the Federal Reserve.
Paul has dismissed such speculation. He says his strategy is working and his momentum is building.