When Rand Paul entered the GOP presidential race, he sought to stitch together a distinct coalition: his father's fiercely loyal libertarian supporters, millennials, and others new to Republican politics whom he hoped to draw with his provocative stances on privacy and marijuana laws.
Six months later, none of that is working. Paul is a low single-digit blip in the polls. He barely meets the threshold to participate in the next debate later this month. Influential conservatives are urging him to bail out.
"Rand Paul, It Is Time to Take Your Campaign Out Back and Shoot It," RedState editor Erick Erickson wrote on Thursday.
As the Kentucky senator struggles, a...