By Staff Reporter
AFP American Edition
May 14, 2012 15:17 EDT
Ron Paul, the US congressman who led a stubbornly persistent presidential bid against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and other rivals, said Monday he is suspending active campaigning.
Paul said in a statement he will “no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries,” opting instead to work on amassing delegates to the party’s national convention, even though his chances of winning the nomination are virtually nil.
Paul insists his team “will continue to work in the state convention process” and seek to win delegates in order to “carry a strong message” to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in late August.
A Republican candidate needs 1,144 delegates in order to be declared the nominee. Romney has some 949, according to a count by respected website RealClearPolitics, and is expected to wrap up the nomination on May 29 when he wins the Texas primary. Read More…