This afternoon, Ron Paul announced that he won’t contest the remaining GOP primaries:

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Monday he will not compete in primaries in any of the states that have not yet voted, essentially confirming Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination.

Mr. Paul said he will continue to work to win delegates in states that have already voted and where the process of delegate-selection is playing out. He said that’s a way to make his voice heard at the Republican nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.

“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Mr. Paul said. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”

This is a smart move from a political standpoint. This gesture will earn RP a measure of goodwill with the GOP ‘power structure’ such as it exists. Hoepfully, this sends the signal to his supporters that the time for acrimony is past and that the time to take the U.S. in a direction that puts it on firm financial footings.

Had he continued campaigning, he wouldn’t have gotten a good return on his investment. He might’ve won a few more delegates but he wouldn’t have won the goodwill that’ll be needed to help Rand Paul if he thinks about running for president.

Friday night, Ron Paul is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Republican Party State Convention here in St. Cloud, which I’ll be covering from inside the campaign hall. If he doesn’t reschedule, I plan on liveblogging and tweeting about Dr. Paul’s speech Friday night.

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2 Responses to “RP announces he won’t contest Romney nomination”

  • Sam says:

    Based on the results, I didn’t think he had been contesting any of the primaries.

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    I think there is only one good reason why he is doing what he is doing. He’s trying not to harm Rand Paul’s future.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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