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Ron Paul effectively ends presidential campaign

The move leaves Mitt Romney without serious rivals in the contest for the Republican nomination.

Ron Paul pictured in California last month
Ron Paul pictured in California last month
Image: Ben Margot/AP/Press Association Images

RON PAUL HAS effectively ended his campaign for the US presidency, leaving Mitt Romney without realistic opponents in the contest for the Republican party’s nomination.

Paul announced today that he would stop spending money in the remaining US states, 11 of which are yet to hold their primaries, the LA Times reports.

However, he urged volunteers on his campaign to continue battling for votes, saying that it was a way to secure a voice at the Republican party convention at which the candidate will be officially nominated.

In a statement, Paul said:

We will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.

However he said he encouraged “all supporters of liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard”.

According to CBS News estimates, Paul currently has 95 delegates to Mitt Romney’s 941.

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