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April 10th, 2012
 

Santorum Drops Out of Presidential Race

Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum has decided to suspend his presidential campaign, essentially dropping out of the race. This decision more or less hands the GOP nomination to Mitt Romney. Surrounded by family members in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Santorum announced his decision.

“We made a decision to get into this race at our kitchen table, against all the odds, and we made the decision over the weekend, while this presidential race is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said. “We are going to continue fight for those voices and the Americans that stood up and gave us that air under our wings that allowed us to accomplish what no political expert would have ever expected.”

Santorum was an extreme longshot throughout the race. He hovered around 1 or 2 percent in the polls into December. However, a last minute surge propelled him to a narrow victory in Iowa and allowed Santorum to give Mitt Romney a far greater challenge than anyone could have expected.

“Against all odds, we won 11 states, millions of voters, millions of votes,” Santorum said. “We won more counties than all the other people in this race combined. We were able to spread that message across this country far and wide. As we found that support, I found a deeper love affair for this country.”

Santorum did not offer a specific reason for dropping out. However, the odds of surpassing Mitt Romney grew insurmountable. Additionally, Santorum’s three-year old daughter Bella, who has special needs, was hospitalized over the weekend, for the second time in a matter of months. Although he did not mention Romney by name, Santorum vowed to help defeat Barack Obama, as well as helping Republicans secure majorities in Congress.

“I walked out after the Iowa caucus victory and said, ‘Game On’. I know a lot of folks, maybe even at the White House are going to say, ‘Game over’. But this game is long, long, long from over. We are going to go out there and work to defeat Barack Obama. We are going to win the House back and we take the U.S. Senate and we stand for the values that make us America,” he said.

Prior to his announcement to drop out of the race, Santorum called Mitt Romney to alert him of the decision. Romney released a statement honoring Santorum’s effort.

“Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran,” Romney said. “He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.”

Although he has virtually no chance at the nomination, Newt Gingrich vowed on Mike Huckabee’s radio show to stay in the GOP race. Ron Paul is also expected to remain in the race until the RNC convention in Tampa.


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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