Rick Santorum Drops Out of Presidential Race

Today, April 10, 2012, former Senator Rick Santorum announced that he is suspending his campaign.Santorum ended his campaign with a concession speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvainia at what was scheduled to be a campaign rally. “Against all odds, we won 11 states, millions of voters, millions of votes. We won more counties than all the other people in this race combined. We were able to spread that message far and wide across this country. And what we found is that, while we found that support, I found a deeper love for this country.”

He has led a great campaign and has caused many people to find conservatism inside themselves. He was the only viable alternative to Mitt Romney since Super Tuesday, but people have been doubting his ability to become the nominee after Romney’s delegate lead grew and grew. His strong appeal to conservatives and evangelicals caused him to win big in states like Alabama, Mississippi, and Minnesota – all very conservative states.

Newt Gingrich is so far behind, it’s not even funny. He has 136 delegates compared to Romney’s 664 (according to the WSJ), and you need 1,144 to lock up the nomination. Though a little less than a hundred delegates that Santorum won were considered non-bound and now are allowed to vote for whoever they want at the convention, he still has about 180 or 190 delegates that must still vote for him at the convention in Tampa in June. That would have been different had he ended his campaign outright, instead of just suspending it.

What caused him to do this? Well, three things. First and foremost, his 3-year-old daughter Isabella has a very rare and life-threatening genetic disorder and went to the hospital over the Easter weekend because she had pneumonia. “She has pneumonia,” read Santorum’s last email newsletter, “but like her Dad, she’s a fighter. It’s in the blood.”

Second, Romney has been sharpening his attack knife, outspending him over 10-to-1 in his home state of Pennsylvania. Plus, the polls showed up Romney inching closer to him, and he would rather drop out now than be humiliated in his home state.

Lastly, he and his staff did not see a way forward in the delegate math. He said that if Texas didn’t change its delegate allocation to winner-take-all (which would give his campaign a much-needed boost of 155 delegates), he did not see how he could compete with Romney in the convention.

So that’s that. Yes, we’re sad here, but it is time now to really support Romney. No matter how many weaknesses he may have, he’s our only hope. Our only hope to fight the Obama machine, which is encroaching on our individual rights and taking away our liberties. So a message to you conservatives out there: don’t just hold your nose and vote for Romney. You need to actively and aggressively campaign for Romney, spread the word, and support him. He’s our last chance now.

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