Rand Paul said Sunday that he might win Monday's Iowa caucuses and will significantly outperform recent polls he claimed are not capturing his younger supporters.
"We think we're a lot stronger than the polls represent," the Kentucky senator told a panel on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The polls "are skewed all over," he claimed, aruging he is disproportiately popular among younger Republican voters.
The most recent Des Moines Register poll of Iowa, he noted, showed that he had 5 percent support. But the details of the poll, he observed, showed that only about 10 percent claimed to have caucused for his father, Ron Paul, in 2012, when in reality 20 percent did.
"You're really only finding half of his voters," he told a reporter for the Des Moines Register on the panel. He suggested that the poll design might be failing to pick up younger voters, who tend to be more receptive to the libertarian message offered by both Rand Paul and Ron Paul.
"We think we might get twice as much as what's in there, three times as much," Paul said. "So we think we can do much better than expected. We think [we] even have a chance of winning."
Paul acknowledged that current polling is not what he hoped. He attributed his low number to being "pushed out of the news cycle" by the large number of candidates in the GOP primary. He didn't mention Donald Trump, but the billionaire real estate tycoon has dominated recent media cycles.
Nevertheless, Paul declined to set low expectations for Iowa.
"We have to be above expectations, and we have to do very, very well," Paul said.