When Texas holds its primary on May 29th, the only two candidates expected to still be in the race are Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.
Right now, Paul has nearly 80 delegates.
Rice University political science department chair Mark Jones says Paul could add another 40 to 60 delegates in Texas. That's a fraction of the 844 delegates Romney's already collected. But it could be enough to earn Paul a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.
"As well as trying to get at least some of his ideas put into the Republican platform. He's unlikely to get something like the abolishment of the Federal Reserve. But, perhaps, he can use his leverage to get a formal request for an audit of the Federal Reserve."
Jones says Newt Gingrich's decision to essentially end his campaign should help Paul avoid an embarrassingly low tally in his home state. Jones also says it's highly unlikely that Paul will drop his GOP bid, only to immediately turn around and run as a Libertarian.
"With Gary Johnson set to be nominated as the Libertarian Party's candidate, they're almost past the point of no return. And, therefore, that threat of Ron Paul running outside the Republican Party will have virtually vanished."
Paul's town hall tour includes UT El Paso on Wednesday, an appearance at UT and a separate fundraiser in Austin on Thursday, and a stop at the University of Houston on Friday.
Friday, April 27, 2012
7:00 p.m. CT
Campus Town Hall Meeting w/ Ron Paul
University of Houston
3466 Cullen Boulevard
Houston, TX 77204