Ron Paul’s war chest (or battle chest, compared to Mitt Romney) may not amount to much, but despite limited funds, Paul has been performing well. After a 5th place finish last week in the Iowa straw poll, where he drew 9.1% of votes, he vaulted into 3rd place in yesterday’s Illinois straw poll, garnering 18.9% of the votes, finishing only behind Romney’s spending machine (40.4%) and Fred Thompson (20.0%).

It seems Ron Paul’s heavy internet presence is finally translating into substantial real world support. The Congressman now has his sights set on his home state of Texas, where he enjoys extensive name recognition. Texas will hold its straw poll on Sept 1st, and if Paul can continue his recent upswing in popularity with an impressive showing there, the frontrunners may be forced to start paying attention to the dark horse.