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ron paul texas Ron Paul gets in his car after he speaks to his supporters at the University of Texas LBJ Library Lawn on Thursday April 26, 2012, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Rebeca Rodriguez)

Election 2012: Ron Paul Suspends Campaign

Republican nomination now all but official for Romney

May 15 , 2012

The race for the Republican presidential nomination began with nine candidates. Now, only one remains.

On Monday, Texas congressman Ron Paul announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination. This leaves Mitt Romney as the last Republican standing, and it makes his nomination as the Republican presidential candidate all but official.

"This campaign fought hard and won electoral success that the talking heads and pundits never thought possible," Paul said in a statement. "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."

Paul won 104 delegates during the primary race, according to the Associated Press. But he did not win one primary election. Despite this, Paul stayed in the race longer than his closest competitor, Newt Gingrich. Gingrich won two primaries and 130 delegates. He ended his campaign two weeks ago.

Rick Santorum, Romney’s closest competition, dropped out of the race in early April.

With Paul's exit, Romney has no direct competition for the Republican nomination. Former rivals like Santorum have endorsed Romney since ending their campaigns. But Paul's campaign strategist said it's not a guarantee that Paul will give Romney his endorsement, too.

"Never say never, but I don't believe that's likely," Jesse Benton told reporters.

By suspending his campaign, Paul will not spend money appealing to voters in states that have yet to hold primary elections. However, Paul will continue to seek delegates heading into the Republican National Convention.

"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.

By doing this, Paul hopes to add policy positions important to him and his supporters into the Republican platform. The issues he's focused on include monetary reform and Internet freedom.

"In a nutshell, we want to do things that open up the party [and keep the establishment from] locking the party down and benefiting the people who are already inside the tent," Benton said.

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