Ron Paul announced Monday that he will not spend money campaigning in upcoming primary states, focusing instead on building an influential presence at the Republican National Convention in August.
“We will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,’’ Paul said in a statement. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.’’
The representative from Texas has only 104 delegates to Mitt Romney’s 966, according to the Associated Press. Romney needs only 178 more to officially claim the party’s nomination, and all other contenders have bowed out of the race.
Paul recently earned sympathetic delegates by blitzing state conventions in Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada with supporters. Many of the delegates are obligated to vote for Romney at the national convention but support Paul’s libertarian principles.
“Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process,’’ Paul said, explaining his strategy. “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.’’