On Monday, May 14th, Ron Paul announced that he would stop "actively campaigning" but did not indicate that he was dropping out of the race completely, vowing to continue securing delegates. A youth favorite early on, Ron Paul has only secured 99 of the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination, making any victory in this race out of reach for him. Ron Paul stated, "Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," said Paul, in a statement released Monday afternoon. "Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have...Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. 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."
So- what does all this mean? Well, that's up for interpretation. Although Ron Paul hasn't officially suspended his campaign (like Santorum and Gingrich have) it seems that he doesn't want to continue pouring money into a race that he most likely will not win. Not wanting to disappoint his supporters, or create any divisions at the Republican National Convention, Ron Paul is staying in the game (for now) but not making any plays.