Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum's announcement on Tuesday that he was suspending his campaign removed the main obstacle to Mitt Romney securing the nomination, but Newt Gingrich and Paul -- both of whom lag far behind Romney in the delegate count -- have so far not followed Santorumt to the exits.
While Gingrich has vowed to sustain a campaign currently more than $4 million in debt all the way to the convention, Paul struck a more realistic note in an email to supporters. The longtime Texas libertarian has relied on a small but devoted following that allows him to raise bursts of cash in pushes called money bombs, and he called for another quick funding infusion.
I won't mince words, Paul said in an email to supporters Wednesday evening. If we don't reach our $2.5 million goal, I am not sure our campaign can go on.
Paul has built his campaign on an anti-establishment message, contending often that the Republican party has strayed from a small-government philosophy, and he struck a defiant note in asking for more cash.
In the coming days, the media will be expecting me to also bow down to their new prince, Paul wrote. Well, I want to give them a little surprise. Instead of a defeated candidate bowing out of the race, as we saw yesterday, let's show them a surging candidate determined to ride on to Tampa!