Ron Paul said Monday that he will no longer campaign in primary states that have not yet voted and will concentrate on trying to add to its tally of delegates to the Republican National Convention in August.
“Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. 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,” Paul said in a statement to supporters.
“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Paul added. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”
Ron Paul has not won any state nominating contests. According to Reuters, he has only 99 delegates while Romney has 949. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to win the nomination.
The 76-year-old Paul has been in and out of the US House of Representatives for 36 years, and has run for president twice before, reports Yahoo.
Paul’s message of sharply reducing the role of government, scrapping the Federal Reserve and ending the U.S. military presence overseas is unique to him.
He has always admitted that his latest White House bid was a long shot, and that part of his motivation for running was a desire to get Americans focusing on issues he thought were being neglected.
Paul is the last main challenger to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, as Romney’s two main challengers, religious conservative Rick Santorum and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, dropped out in April and May.
“Obviously he still wants to be a fly in the ointment, particularly for Romney, he just doesn’t want to be running the negative ads,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell about Paul’s new plan.
“Obviously he still wants to be a fly in the ointment, particularly for Romney, he just doesn’t want to be running the negative ads,” O’Connell said.
“Romney is in a very tight battle with President Obama,” said O’Connell. “He needs to have all hands on deck to beat Obama and everything has to go right – he really does not need to be looking over his shoulder at Ron Paul.”
Meanwhile, Paul’s supporters took to the internet to deny that he was giving up the race, according to Guardian.
“Stop overreacting,” wrote one of his supporters. “It’s always been a delegate strategy, and this changes nothing, when the media was going to black out any campagining he did anyway.”
“If you hear news that Ron Paul has dropped out than their either lying or they’re ignorant,” wrote Twitter user Joshua Miller.
Many of Paul’s supporters have said they would not vote at all on Election Day if Paul were not the nominee.
“This campaign fought hard and won electoral success that the talking heads and pundits never thought possible. But, this campaign is also about more than just the 2012 election,” Paul said in the statement.
“It is about the campaign for liberty, which has taken a tremendous leap forward in this election.”