Congressman Ron Paul surprised everyone this afternoon with his announcement that he will not compete in the remaining Republican primaries.
Grace Wyler reports for The Business Insider that Paul’s campaign chairman Jesse Benton insists that it does not mean he is dropping out of the race.
“No, not at all,” campaign manager Jesse Benton said, when asked if today’s news meant the race was over. “We will focus all of our resources on winning delegates and party leadership positions.”
In many ways, today’s statement is merely the formal acknowledgment of a strategy that has actually been in place for several weeks. Paul and his advisors have known for some time that it would be virtually impossible for the candidate to win the nomination, and have focused the bulk of their efforts on promoting Paul’s movement at the local and state party level.
That strategy has had surprising success, netting Paul a disproportionate number of RNC delegates at state conventions across the country.
Senior campaign advisor Doug Wead told Business Insider: “We are in the process of remaking the Republican Party — and it has been more successful than we ever expected. It is truly a movement.”
And so we are now down to just one candidate, Mitt Romney.