Ron Paul Ends Presidential Campaign

Texas Congressman Ron Paul acknowledged the inevitable this afternoon, announcing that he was ceasing to compete in any of the upcoming presidential primaries or caucuses.

“[W]e will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Mr. Paul wrote to supporters. ” 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.”

Mr. Paul however added that his campaign would continue to chip away at delegate totals in state nominating conventions as a way of amassing influence at the Republican National Convention.

Mr. Paul’s announcement comes as both his home state of Texas and his son Rand Paul’s home state of Kentucky preparte to go to the polls, and so could spare Mr. Paul considerable embarrassment if he failed to meet expectations there.

The Texas congressman’s exit ends what in many respects was a disappointing campaign for him and his supporters. After the Tea Party revolution of 2009-2010, many of Mr. Paul’s ideas about fiscal austerity had entered mainstream acceptance in GOP circles and his campaign shedded a younger, more haphazard approach for a more buttoned-down operation. But after a disappointing third place finish in the Iowa caucuses his campaign never really gained its footing.

The full letter to supporters is below:

As I reflect on our 2012 Presidential campaign, I am humbled by the supporters who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much.  And I am so proud of what we have accomplished.  We will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history.

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.  It has been part of a quest I began 40 years ago and that so many have joined.  It is about the campaign for Liberty, which has taken a tremendous leap forward in this election and will continue to grow stronger in the future until we finally win.

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.

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.

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.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

Ron Paul Ends Presidential Campaign