Paul is staying in the race to pursue a set of concessions from the Republican Party and its nominee -- but he's not offering anything in return.
In the wake of Ron Paul's announcement Monday that he will no longer campaign in upcoming primaries, his campaign attempted to explain Tuesday what exactly he is still doing in the race.
He may not be pursuing the nomination anymore, but he is still in the race as a means to other ends, as his campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, took pains to clarify. "Dr. Paul is not suspending his campaign. He is not dropping out of the race," Benton told reporters on a conference call.
But Benton acknowledged, in the call and an accompanying memo, that the nomination is almost certainly out of Paul's reach. "We recognize that Governor Romney has what is very likely an insurmountable delegate lead," he said on the call. "Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination," he wrote in the memo.
Why continue to be a presidential candidate when you've admitted your only chance to become president is for the nominee-in-waiting to succumb to a flesh-eating virus? The answer, according to Benton, is that Paul has a "delegate strategy" to maximize his representation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August. Of the 2,286 voting delegates at the convention, "several hundred" will be bound to vote for Paul's nomination, while hundreds more will be supporters of Paul's philosophy who are rule-bound to vote for Mitt Romney.