We had a feeling weeks, even months ago.  But he just made it official.

The candidate who outdrew every other Presidential contender who visited Tri Cities by a four-to-one margin, Ron Paul, is officially withdrawing from the Presidential race. Some might say,  'big deal.'  But Paul, more than any other Democrat or Republican, has attracted a wide array of followers of all ages.  Some call it a 'cult', but Paul's libertarian, independent attitude has appealed to college students as well as senior citizens--and many in between.

In an official statement, Paul said this wasn't just about the Presidency, it's part of an over 40 year quest for liberty.  Read his complete statement below:

As I reflect on our 2012 Presidential campaign, I am humbled by the supporters who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much. And I am so proud of what we have accomplished. We will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history.

This campaign fought hard and won electoral success that the talking heads and pundits never thought possible. But, this campaign is also about more than just the 2012 election. It has been part of a quest I began 40 years ago and that so many have joined. It is about the campaign for Liberty, which has taken a tremendous leap forward in this election and will continue to grow stronger in the future until we finally win.

Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future.

Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of Liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state, and Congressional elections, where so many defenders of Freedom are fighting and need your support.

I hope all supporters of Liberty will remain deeply involved - become delegates, win office, and take leadership positions. I will be right there with you. In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help, so please stay tuned.

For a look back at his visit to Tri-Cities, click here.