“Let me be very clear. Dr. Paul is NOT dropping out or suspending his campaign,” Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton wrote in an email to supporters.
The campaign has taken to adopting a guerilla strategy aimed at picking up delegates at district and state conventions rather than campaigning in primary states.
Paul hinted at this sort of a strategy during a March campaign appearance at the University of Maryland where he stressed that the race wasn’t over because “they haven’t stopped counting delegates yet.”
Benton notes that Paul recently won Maine and hopes that more will come.
“We will win party leadership positions at both the state and national levels,” Benton wrote. “We will continue to grow our already substantial total of delegates.”
The Paul campaign concedes that Mitt Romney has all but the GOP nomination locked up, being within 200 delegates of the 1,144 needed to secure the nomination.
Nontheless, the campaign suggests that its main interest is in having an impact on the party platform at the Republican National Convention in Tampa come August.
The campaign hopes to inject ideas such as monetary-policy reform, prohibitions against indefinite detention and Internet freedom into the platform.
“[B]y sending a large, respectful and professional delegation to Tampa, we will show the party and the country that not only is our movement growing, but the future belongs to us,” Benton wrote.