Ron Paul admitted Wednesday he would not have enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the convention in August but urged supporters to continue fighting for their movement.
In an email to supporters, Paul said the campaign would have as many as 500 supporters as delegates at the convention that "believe in our ideas of liberty, constitutional government, and a common-sense foreign policy."
"And while this total is not enough to win the nomination, it puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP," he added.
The announcement by Paul comes a week after former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney gained the last delegates he needed to clinch the nomination in none other than the primary of Paul's home state, Texas.
Paul urged his die-hard supporters to not see his announcement as a defeat but as a groundbreaking achievement for their movement within the GOP.
"We stand to send nearly 200 bound delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa," he said in the email. "This number shatters the predictions of the pundits and talking heads and shows the seriousness of our movement."
Paul urged his supporters to attend the August GOP nominating convention in Tampa, Florida.
Meanwhile, supporters say the Republican National Committee is blocking them from holding a three-day festival in honor of the career politician, veteran and medical doctor.
The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held August 27-30 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
by RTT Staff Writer
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