Ron Paul Remains Positive As He Essentially Concedes Nomination
In an upbeat email to his grassroots supporters, emphasizing the ideological push behind his campaign, Rep. Ron Paul subtly slipped in a frank admission: he won’t be the Republican nominee for president.
When it is all said and done, we will likely have as many as 500 supporters as delegates on the Convention floor. That is just over 20 percent!
And while this total is not enough to win the nomination, it puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP!
Paul ceased actively campaigning back in May, when he announced he would no longer spend money in upcoming primary states. But many Paul supporters maintained that he would still clinch the nomination through their strategy of dominating local and state conventions.
While this strategy will send many Paul supporters to the national convention in Tampa despite the fact that he has not won a single primary, he has still accumulated relatively few delegates with 137. That’s one less than Newt Gingrich, and over a hundred less than Rick Santorum, both of whom dropped out of the race months ago. 262 delegates remain in upcoming primaries.
Many of the “500 supporters” that Paul cited are Paul activists that will attend the convention as delegates, but will be bound by state party laws to vote for Mitt Romney (or other candidates). Just how Paul plans to use their voices at the convention is still unclear.
It also remains to be seen how Paul’s supporters, known for their intense devotion, will respond to the latest news.
“Be respectful,” urged their leader in the email.