Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, finally admitted the inevitable nearly a month after ceasing his active campaign. Paul emailed supporters to say he could not possibly get enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.
* The Houston Chronicle reports Paul emailed supporters announcing his push to have delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa at the end of August. Yet the candidate wrote, "this total is not enough to win the nomination."
* Paul wants to have at least 500 supporters at the convention, which is more than 20 percent of the entire allotment. The Texan also requested his supporters "be respectful" of convention process as candidates speak in Tampa.
* Ironically, it was Mitt Romney's win in Paul's home state of Texas May 29 that put the front-runner over the top, according to USA Today. Romney got all 108 delegates for a statewide win with more than 71 percent of the vote. Paul came in second with almost 12 percent and 172,466 votes. The vote total was one of Paul's strongest showings in the 2012 campaign.
* Paul was the last candidate to bow out of the race. He stopped actively spending campaign funds in states that had yet to vote as of May 14. Paul was quoted by AFP News when he said "any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have."
* Paul urged his supporters to back tea party conservatives such as Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and candidates such as Kurt Bills in Minnesota as well as Thomas Massie in Kentucky. All three men are seeking election to Congress.
*Paul's strategy was to try to earn as many delegates at the national convention as possible. Based upon primaries, caucuses and conventions, the Associated Press calculates Paul has 137 delegates. That total is good enough for fourth place--Newt Gingrich has 138 delegates.
* In a recent press release, Paul's campaign set out to "affirm [his] delegate-attainment strategy." Paul stated he won 32 of 40 delegates to the national convention in Minnesota. Supporters also claimed pick ups in Michigan, "denying Detroit-born Romney a clean sweep of his home state."
* Fans of the underdog candidate are still planning to celebrate his run in 2012. Tampa Bay Online states supporters are trying to create a "Ron Paul Festival" at the Florida State Fairgrounds the weekend before the Republican National Convention. The move comes a week after fervent Paul supporters caused a ruckus at the Louisiana convention where one person was arrested.
* In a surprise move, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed Romney "now that the nominating process is over." The son of the Texas Representative still feels like his dad is his first choice, according to CNN.
William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics. Born in St. Louis, Browning is active in local politics and served as a campaign volunteer for President Barack Obama and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
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