Ron Paul announced on Monday that he would stop campaigning in the remaining Republican primaries. Photo: Robert F. Bukaty / AP.
The Ron Paul campaign announced on Monday afternoon that it would not be campaigning in any of the Republican primaries due to take place between Tuesday, May 15 and June 26.
“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,” a letter sent to Paul supporters stated.
However, the Texas congressman’s campaign will continue to try to obtain as many delegates as possible in order to have as much influence as possible at the Republican National Convention, which will be held in Tampa, Fla., in August.
“We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that liberty is the way of the future,” Dr. Paul added.
The Texas congressman also insisted that his decision to stop campaigning did not indicate that the campaign was calling it quits. He stressed that his effort would not abate as the presidential campaign represented “part of a quest I began 40 years ago”.
“I hope all supporters of liberty will remain deeply involved — become delegates, win office and take leadership positions. I will be right there with you. In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help, so please stay tuned,” Dr. Paul also wrote.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has been the presumed nominee for a while now, and most of the remaining states operate a winner-take-all system. In other words, Mr. Romney is likely to pocket the vast majority of the 678 delegates still up for grab in the 11 states which have not yet held their primaries.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Paul has so far accumulated 104 delegates, while frontrunner Mitt Romney has 966 under his belt.