Paul will no longer campaign in primaries

By Dave Andrusko

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx.)

And then there was one. Monday afternoon Congressman Ron Paul became the last holdout to tacitly concede to the inevitable: Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

Mr. Paul’s campaign sent out a statement that henceforth he would not expend resources on those states which have not yet voted. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”

Paul did say, however, that he would try to accumulate delegates at state conventions around the country. To this point in time, Paul had not won a single state or caucus but has had some success at the obscure process of delegate allocation on the state level.

The Associated Press’s tally has Mr. Romney at 966 delegates to 104 for Paul. 1,144 delegates are required to win the nomination outright.

Paul’s decision follows decisions by former Senator Rick Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to “suspend” their campaigns, which is a way of not formally ending their candidacies in order to take in contributions to pay off campaign debt.

Last week Santorum endorsed Romney after a private 90-minute conversation in Pittsburgh. The week before, when Gingrich suspended his candidacy, he said he would work for Republican candidates in the fall.

In head to head match ups, the two latest polls show pro-life Romney and pro-abortion Barack Obama each ahead in one.

Rasmussen’s daily tracking of 1,500 likely voters has Romney ahead 48% to 44%. Gallup’s tracking of 2,200 registered voters has Obama up one point, 46% to 45%.

However Gallup also finds Obama’s disapproval numbers two points higher than his approvals: 48% to 46%.

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