Ron Paul Plans to Drop Out of GOP Race Tonight

Libertarian Republican still hasn't voiced support for John McCain
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 4:52 PM CDT
The grandchildren of presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, from left, Duncan Paul, 11, left, and Robert Paul, 8, wait for the festivities to begin at a rally.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
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(Newser) – Fresh off revealing he would hold his own convention during, and down the road from, the official Republican confab, Ron Paul will end his quest for the GOP nomination tonight, the AP reports—and dedicate himself to electing libertarian-friendly candidates. The quixotic candidate, who has refused to back John McCain, has attracted a major following with the anti-war, small-government right.