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Ron Paul Ends Active Campaigning

Submitted by on May 15, 2012 – 6:45 pm2 Comments

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul announced in a statement yesterday that he would no longer campaign in primary states, effectively ending his third White House run. However, the statement strongly encourages supporters to continue his long-running strategy of accumulating delegates, suggesting Paul still hopes to play a role at the convention in Tampa:

“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of Liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state, and Congressional elections, where so many defenders of Freedom are fighting and need your support.

Due to the peculiarities of the primary process, Dr. Paul is able to win delegates even when he doesn’t win primaries. Paul supporters have been  flooding the delegate selection process at the county and state levels, all with an eye on the national convention.

However, even with this strategy, Paul has only accumulated 99 delegates, far less than even Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who have not explicitly pursued a delegate strategy. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to win the nomination; Mitt Romney currently has 945.

But Paul has long described his campaign as much in ideological terms as in terms of his own personal candidacy. This emphasis on an ideological campaign, and his supporters rabid loyalty, might give him the momentum to pick up more delegates after the others called it quits.

What do you think? Will Paul play a role at the convention in August?

[via CNN]

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