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(RNN) - After months of hard campaigning, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is admitting what we all knew: he will not be the Republican nominee for president.
Paul has amassed 137 delegates, according to the Wall Street Journal - far below the 1,144 needed to secure the nomination. Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney has 1,480 delegates.
"While this total is not enough to win the nomination, it puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP!" he said in the email.
Still, he was optimistic about his delegate count, writing that the number of supporters he gained "shatters the predictions of the pundits and talking heads, and shows the seriousness of our movement."
Paul announced May 14 that he would continue to court delegates, but his campaigning was basically over. He told supporters that he didn't have the money to continue chasing delegates while Romney seemed to have the nomination in his pocket.
Paul ran on a platform of "limited government" which included ending the Federal Reserve and limiting U.S. involvement in foreign affairs, as well as lowering taxes and protecting American borders.
Paul currently represents the 14th congressional district in Texas, which includes Galveston.
Paul first served in Congress from 1976 to 1977 after winning a special election; then again from 1979 to 1985. He has held his current seat in congress since 1997.
This presidential election marked his third run for the White House, once as a Libertarian and the other two times as a Republican. However, he did not file to run for Congress again in the coming year, choosing to focus on his presidential bid.
Paul grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine. During the 1960s, Paul served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force.
Paul moved to Texas in 1968 to practice obstetrics and gynecology.
Paul has five children and 18 grandchildren. His son, Howard "Rand" Paul, is the junior senator from Kentucky.
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