Scholastic Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.
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.


Scholastic News Kid Reporters are on the campaign trail! Keep up with latest election news on the Election 2012 website.


Get the latest on national and international events, movies, television, music, sports, and more from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    The Election Book

    The Election Book

    by Tamara Henneman

    This thorough and accessible description of the U.S. presidential election process features discussions of parties;campaigns;conventions;and election day itself. Contains useful Web links for further research.

    $4.49 You save: 25%
    Paperback Book | Grades 4-5
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    The Election Book
    Grades 4-5 $4.49
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Junior Scholastic

    Junior Scholastic

    Make current events relevant to your students and your curriculum with Junior Scholastic magazine. Featuring a wealth of maps and map activities, American and world history articles, as well as essay writing prompts and tips, Junior Scholastic seamlessly blends social studies, language arts, and current events into one effective and engaging instructional supplement. Subscriptions also include access to Junior Scholastic Online, featuring videos, review games, close reading questions, and much more! Grades 6—8, Biweekly.

    $8.35 You save: 2%
    Classroom Magazine | Grades 6-8
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Junior Scholastic
    Grades 6-8 $8.35
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy




Here's something interesting from