It is CBS so they try to marginalize at every turn with qualifiers, but they do report the main point:
obviously their near certainty that Ron can't win has to be put with their calling him unelectable when their own poll shows him polling in a dead heat with Obama, at the same time Romney is also in a dead heat with Obama. In other words, they say what they would LIKE to be so. And you can feel their dislike for the idea of Ron being in until the end.Unlike many presidential campaigns - including most if not all of his current rivals for the Republican nomination - the Paul team's strategy eschews the power of popular momentum, counting instead on a long-term mathematical calculation grounded in picking up delegates in nominating contests across the country.
As of now, there are 2,286 total delegates in the Republican primary process. A candidate needs to win 1144 delegates to earn the nomination, and states award delegates three ways: a winner-takes-all system, in which the primary winner snaps up all of the state's delegates; a proportional allocation, in which a candidate gets delegates proportionately to the percentage he or she won in the primary at hand; and a non-binding system, where no delegates are awarded on primary night but rather allocated by delegates down the road.
Paul's strategy is to determine where he has the best opportunities to pick up delegates (generally in states with proportional or non-binding contests) and selectively invest his resources. Even in the near-certainty that he doesn't get enough delegates to secure the nomination, he could get enough to prevent someone else from doing so -- giving him, and his message, a chance to exert real influence at the Republican convention this summer.
In other words, Paul is in this thing until the bitter end.