Ron Paul: Delegate total “not enough to win the nomination”

While many of his supporters are packing state conventions hoping that they can secure enough delegate spots to cause chaos at the Republican National Convention; Ron Paul admitted yesterday that, while he’ll certainly have a sizable number of supporters in Tampa, it will not be enough to win the nomination:

GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) on Wednesday acknowledged to supporters that he lacked enough delegates to capture the party’s nomination.

In a statement, Paul said the campaign would “send 200 bound delegates” to the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Fla., in August. “This number shatters the predictions of the pundits and talking heads and shows the seriousness of our movement,” he added.

The Texas lawmaker, however, admitted to his backers that tally was “not enough to win the nomination.”

Paul predicted that overall he would have about 500 supporters at the convention, including many Romney-bound delegates whom he said agreed with his policy positions.

Paul thanked his supporters for their “hard work and diligence,” saying the delegate total “puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP.”

This was driven home even further last night when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Paul’s son, endorsed Mitt Romney on Hannity:

Headed into the convention, the real influence that Paul’s supporters have, as the candidate himself mentioned last month in an interview with Larry Kudlow, is on the party platform; where they can make a real push to move the GOP in a truly limited government, constitutional direction.

This isn’t an end to the Ron Paul Revolution, but it does mark the end of a chapter. Just four years ago, Paul wasn’t taken seriously and failed to gain any real traction. In his current bid, however, Paul has played a prominent role in influencing the race and actually forcing Republicans to have a serious debate about whether or not they truly believe in limited government. Paul’s Audit the Fed legislation has gained serious support and will most likely be passed next month given that it has the backing of a majority of the House. And his strong non-interventionist views on foreign policy have also gained some traction has caused many reevaluate the current party position of perpetual war.

There is a lot in which to be proud even though the ultimate goal of putting Ron Paul in the White House was unsuccessful.

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