Santorum’s Out; Update: Newt Not Going Anywhere

I’m not super thrilled, but we can now say that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign.

Senator Santorum appeared at a hotel room in Gettysburg at 2 p.m. where he announced he was suspending his campaign.

“We were very concerned about our roles as being the very best parents has we can be to our children,” Santorum said. “We made a decision over the weekend while this presidential race is over to for me and will suspend our campaign effective today – we are not done fighting.”

The rise of Santorum through the early and mid primary process was amazing, and I’d never have predicted it. However, the Mitt machine ended up being too much to overcome.

Okay Romney… the race is yours to lose. Obama’s highly beatable this year… don’t screw it up.

Here’s video of Santorum’s announcement:


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Update: Gingrich pledges to stay in through the convention:

“Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles.

“I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice. I humbly ask Senator Santorum’s supporters to visit Newt.org to review my conservative record and join us as we bring these values to Tampa. We know well that only a conservative can protect life, defend the Constitution, restore jobs and growth and return to a balanced budget.”

And then there were two.

Oh wait, I almost forgot that Ron Paul is still technically in the race also. Isn’t he?

The remaining primary schedule is here. The delegate count is here. Romney’s over halfway home and Newt’s barely out of the starting gate, delegate-wise.

Update II: Newt might be staying in the race, but there’s a chance he won’t be on the ballot in Utah. Why? His check bounced. It’s official: Gingrich is ready to re-enter government.

Author: Doug Powers

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