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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ron Paul Won't Seek Reelection For Congressional Seat In 2012

Representative Ron Paul has announced he will not seek reelection for his congressional seat in 2012 after serving for almost 24 years.

He will instead focus on his bid for presidency in the 2012 election, attempting to be the GOP nominee to go up against Barack Obama who is campaigning to be reelected.

“I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” Paul said. “It’s about that time when I should change tactics.”

His announcement will give enough time for anyone with aspirations for his seat to think about running, he said. Paul didn’t want to wait for filing in the 2012 primary to let people know he wasn’t seeking reelection.

“I didn’t want to hold off until in December,” he said. “I thought it shouldn’t be any later than now.”

Paul has served 12 terms in Congress. District 14 encompasses a 10-county area along the Gulf Coast.

“The people in the area have supported me for many years,” he said.

The Hill reports:

Paul is seen still as a relatively long-shot candidate for the Republican nomination in 2012; he ranks as the choice of 7 percent of Republican primary voters, according to the latest Gallup poll. The latest poll in Iowa pegs him at 6 percent among likely GOP caucus-goers, and he checks in at 7 percent in New Hampshire, good enough for third place.