WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he will end active campaigning. However, that does not mean that he's suspending his campaign, despite trailing far behind Mitt Romney.
Ron Paul says his plan is to continue getting delegates for the Republican National Convention in August, instead of spending campaign money to win the popular vote. Supporter Jay Vics, who is the organizer of the Wilmington Ron Paul Meet-up Group, says Paul is just being smart with the money he has.
“Fiscally responsible. That's really the ultimate message," Vics says. "I mean, Ron Paul is truly the one that's not going to waste our money. He is doing what his strategy has been all along, which is spend his money, time, and resources now on the delegates and move more of his focus to accumulating delegates.”
Fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney is estimated to have around 900 delegates, while Ron Paul’s number is estimated at about 100. Even so, Vics says the popular vote means nothing at the GOP Convention, which begins August 27.
“The delegates are not bound to any particular candidate, so all the Ron Paul supporters are becoming delegates and they are allowed to vote for whoever they like at the convention,” says Vics.
Vics says Paul’s campaign is far from over.
“I don't see this as any end to a campaign at all. I mean, now I’m excited. Now, I think it's just beginning,” he says.
Idaho, Nebraska and Oregon hold their primaries Tuesday. After that, there are 9 more primaries or caucuses on the presidential calendar, which ends officially on June 26 in Utah.