By Leslie Hart / current.com
UPDATE, May 15: Ron Paul announced a new chapter of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in an email to supporters on Monday, stating that he will no longer invest money in the remaining primary battles but will continue to fight for delegates to represent his platform at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. On Tuesday, Jesse Benton, Paul’s chief strategist, acknowledged Paul lacks the momentum to wrest the nomination from Mitt Romney but clarified that Dr. Paul is not “dropping out” of the race and reiterated Paul’s intention for his “campaign for Liberty” to maintain a presence at the state convention level.
An adviser to Ron Paul has hinted that the “delegate strategy” could be designed to help pave the way for a potential successor to carry the mantle of Ron Paul’s platform in 2016 — his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Regardless of the reasons, the strategy or the plans for the future, what we'll miss most are those ardent and creatively expressive Paul fans. See some of our favorites below.
1) Buzz cut
Justin Roy, 22, showed he thinks Ron Paul is a cut above the other candidates with his style statement. It may be a good thing he didn't choose a more permanent option given the state of the race, though "Mitt Romney" might need more scalp space ...
Although Ron Paul has not managed to coast to victory in the race for the Republican nomination, fan Mark Lafferty commemorates Paul's effort with a custom skateboard. Lafferty brought the elaborate board to an event celebrating Filipino veterans at the Leatherneck Club on Feb. 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. Dr. Paul will be good to go once he's added a set of wheels.
3) Raise an arm for Ron Paul
A supporter of Ron Paul brandishes her war paint in opposition as Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop on March 2, 2012 in Chillicothe, Ohio.
4) Ron Paul to the rescue?
A young Ron Paul fan shows that he believes in the power of the Libertarian candidate by improvising a "REVOLUTION" superhero outfit at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on December 28, 2011 in Des Moines.
5) Fan art
Ron Paul supporter Allie Dennis, 16, may not yet be able to cast a vote, but she has drawn on her artistic talent to express enthusiasm for the Libertarian candidate, sharing a tribute in charcoal at a New Hampshire campaign event on Jan. 8, 2012.
6) Ron Paul patriot
A Ron Paul fan repurposes a 2008 campaign poster designed by Leah Tiscione, changing the year and adding a quote from Luke 17:2, as she stakes out a position near the Webster Elementary School polling place on Jan. 10, 2012 in Manchester, N.H.
7) Coordinated quartet
This quartet of Ron Paul fans at a Jan. 2, 2012, event in Cedar Falls, Iowa, has an aptitude for coordination (as evidenced by their T-shirts), but one wonders which issues brought them together in this show of solidarity? Regardless, they demonstrate that support for Ron Paul transcends generations.
8) Fashion statement
Ron Paul supporters (a fashion-forward family, perhaps?) demonstrate their sartorial flair with themed frocks and red, white and blue accessories as they listen to their candidate of choice speak prior to the Iowa Straw Poll on Aug. 13, 2011 in Ames, Iowa.
9) Sedan slogan
Ron Paul supporters go beyond a bumper sticker to express their support for Ron Paul by painting the following slogan on the rear window of a black sedan: "If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity. Ron Paul 2012." Based on the other vehicle flair, these Las Vegas fans also love to shop, have a dog and support Brazil. Oh — and they might own a gun, as this car was parked outside a "Gun Owners for Ron Paul" event on Feb. 3, 2012, in Las Vegas.
10) Leading the charge
Donna Meichtry shows she's ready to lead the charge for Ron Paul following the "Gun Owners for Ron Paul" event in Las Vegas on Feb. 3, 2012. Whether she would be able to fend off gunfire as armed with makeshift shield and mallet is another question.