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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) announced Monday that he’s temporarily suspending his presidential campaign, saying in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that he has no intention of running for president again in 2012.
“I was never planning to do anything other than contest this one race,” Paul said, adding that he wouldn’t rule out running for president again in 2016, when he will be 90 years old.
In a statement released on his campaign website, Paul said he was “concerned about the state of the campaign.”
“At this point, I have seen no sign of an organization on a scale sufficient to carry on a national campaign,” he added.
Paul will not make any public appearances for the next week, his campaign said, adding that “that does not mean we’re ending the campaign.”
The Texas Republican lost his Senate bid to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) last week by 10 points. He placed second in Iowa, and won one of the most significant straw polls, the Ames Straw Poll, on August 13, which typically carries high weight with Republican primary voters.
Paul’s decision to suspend his campaign comes on the heels of a USA Today/Gallup poll that found him in second place among GOP candidates in Iowa, trailing only Rick Santorum.
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“Our primary job is to ask question. To question the media, to question the governors, to question whoever we can,” said James McGovern, a New Hampshire-based GOP strategist who has worked on primaries in previous years.
“There is a big difference between a long primary season and a short one,” McGovern said. “If the idea is you have to tear the party apart to win the presidency, there is no way we will win in 2016.”
A spokesman for former GOP Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Rick Perry of Texas, and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota did not return requests for comment on the prospects for 2016.
For Democrats, the task is more complicated. They are finding success bucking a trend of weak candidates and nominating strong ones in recent primaries.
In an interview with The Associated Press this week, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley bemoaned “deep divisions” among Democrats that had led to back-to-back unsuccessful nominees for president.
“There is a need in 2016 to figure out how to get back to what Democrats believe is right for this country and for working people. We have to chart a path back to the center and take advantage of the national mood,” O’Malley said.
The party’s bench is thin, but the challenge for the GOP is that the first-term Trump-Obama presidency has left many Republicans wondering whether another strong Republican would fare better against Hillary Clinton in a general election.
Even though it’s typically young for voters, only 49 percent of GOP primary voters in the 2012 GOP primaries were at least 40, compared with 63 percent of Democrat primary voters, according to exit polls. The GOP coalition also has a more broadly diverse array of voters, with Hispanics and blacks making up one in four of Republican voters, compared to the roughly one in five Democrats.
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