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Ron Paul's quirky political career: A visual history
The libertarian congressman was a long shot to win the presidency, but throughout his long career he has succeeded in shaping the modern Republican Party
 
Ron Paul's quirky political career: A visual history Dennis Van Tine/Retna Ltd./Corbis

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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