Unlike fellow non-presidential nominees Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, Ron Paul’s primary campaign did not leave him totally broke. Just the opposite, in fact! The Texas congressman and fringey favorite still has $2.5 million in the bank, and he’ll be spending it on a big Tampa rally scheduled to coincide with the Republican National Convention. The event — set to take place in the 11,000-seat University of South Florida Sun Dome — is intended to amp up supporters for “the fight to seat as many of our delegates as possible” at the convention, because there’s nothing the Paul people love more than waging a loud losing battle.
SPRINGFIELD, VA - FEBRUARY 28: Republican Presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks to supporters during a primary night party February 28, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. According to early exit polls, Mitt Romney has a very slim lead over Rick Santorum in Michigan’s primary, with Romney projected to win the Arizona primary. Voters in Michigan and Arizona went to the polls today to pick their choice for the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images