Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) all but bowed out of the presidential race this week, saying he would not campaign in the GOP's remaining primary contests. His departure likely signals the end of his political career, as he has decided not to run for re-election in the House. Paul never had much of a chance to win the nomination, but he has a devoted following, and many of his libertarian beliefs have become keystones for the Tea Party. Here, a pictorial guide to his career:
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