Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says he will not spend money to campaign for votes in primaries in the 11 states still to vote in the race for the GOP nomination for President, telling backers that he doesn't have the "tens of millions of dollars" to compete.
In an email to supporters, Paul seemed to draw the curtain on the active part of his campaign for the White House, saying "we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted."
Paul had not been doing that much actual campaigning of late - the only future event listed on his campaign web site is an appearance at the Minnesota GOP convention this coming weekend.
But don't read this statement as meaning that Paul is getting out of the GOP race, as he urged his supporters to continue their fight to secure delegate slots to the national Republican Convention through the various state GOP conventions.
Here is Paul's email:
“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.