Ron Paul finally ready to drop out of presidential race

Paul will reportedly take to online video to tell his supporters he's winding down his campaign.

By Alex Koppelman
Published March 7, 2008 1:12AM (EST)

There will, reportedly at least, be no joy on the Internet tonight -- mighty Ron Paul is getting out. ABC News' Political Radar blog is reporting that the Texas Congressman will be the star of a video, to be posted to his campaign Web site Thursday night, in which he'll tell his supporters that he's winding down his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Despite his popularity on the Internet, and his surprising fundraising totals, Paul's quixotic campaign was never able to get any real traction when it mattered on Election Day; he'll end his time in the race having won only 14 delegates. On Tuesday night, however, he was able to survive a primary challenge and hold on to the Republican nomination for re-election to his Congressional seat.

Update: Here's the video itself. In it, Paul says, "Though victory in the conventional political sense is not available in the presidential race... we must remember elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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