Ron Paul continues fight for nomination, to the befuddlement of observers
The other Republican candidates have all packed it in, unable to contend with Mitt Romney’s overwhelming lead in delegates and cash, but Ron Paul campaigns on.
While Romney focuses full-time on President Obama and the general election, Paul continues to amass delegates in the primary, sending allies to wrest delegates away from Romney in state GOP conventions across the country.
Republican Party leaders say no one can quite triangulate the end goal for Paul, whose efforts are unlikely to deny Romney the nomination. Romney has more than eight times as many delegates as Paul, according to a count by The Associated Press.
Some believe the goal is and has always been to build a movement around libertarian issues with an eye toward the long term and elections many years out. Others say the Texas congressman is laying the groundwork for his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), to run for higher office with an established network of diehard supporters.
Still, some suggest Paul’s aides believe that if they can deny Romney the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination on the first ballot and stock delegate slates with Paul supporters, they can launch a bid from the floor and win the nomination in a contested convention.