Santorum Surge Ends

By DeusExMacintosh

Rick Santorum pulls out of race for republican nomination

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has ended his bid for the White House, leaving Mitt Romney as the presumptive nominee.

The former Pennsylvania senator made the announcement at a news conference in the city of Gettysburg.

“While this presidential race is over for me, we are not done fighting,” said Mr Santorum, a social conservative.

He had been campaigning in Pennsylvania, his home state, ahead of its primary on 24 April. But he was far behind Mr Romney in terms of funding and was in danger of losing the state for the second time in six years, analysts said.

In 2006 Mr Santorum lost his Pennsylvania Senate seat by an 18-point margin.

In the current race for the Republican nomination, Mr Santorum lags far behind Mr Romney in terms of the number of delegates needed to seal the nomination at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, in late August.

Mr Santorum’s children and his wife Karen stood behind him in Gettysburg as he made the announcement that he was suspending his campaign. He had taken time off the campaign trail in recent days as his three-year-old daughter Isabella, who has a rare genetic disorder, was admitted to hospital.

Mr Santorum proved to be the most resilient of the Republican rivals challenging Mr Romney’s front-runner status.

BBC News

11 Comments

  1. Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    Losing his home state to Romney would have been a killer for future electoral ambitions.

    Though, given past history, having evangelicals turn out to vote for a Catholic is a sign of How Things Have Changed.

  2. Mel
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Naughty but nice. I like 😉

  3. Posted April 12, 2012 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Watching Catholics pretend that they don’t accept evolution is also freaky, if only for those of us with an interest in theology…

  4. Posted April 12, 2012 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    I suspect they’ve never heard of the Vatican Observatory, to be honest. Bobby Jindal (Louisiana governor) is the worst offender, but Santorum isn’t far behind. Catholics playing to the evangelical base and ignoring their own Church’s very considerable intellectual tradition.

  5. kvd
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    That’s a bit wicked DEM, but I like it!

    On the subject of these never ending primaries, is there any overall explanation (i.e. set of rules) in operation? I must say it seems quite confusing where one state result gives all delegates to the top contender, another seems to proportionally allocate; some states have straw polls, leaving the allocation to a later convention; but then if it’s held too early delegates can be stripped, the remainder being apportioned even if that’s against past procedures. That’s not to touch on being a party registered voter (even if it’s on the day – leading to ‘stacking’ by the opposing party being possible) or a come one and all approach. Then there are non-bound delegates, super delegates, and also states where the turnout is so small that any result is possibly meaningless in the grand scheme.

    Oh, and also the ability to write in a completely different name – so long as it’s correctly spelled. Ah, democracy!

  6. conrad
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    First no going to Mars and now no dinosaurs either. I’m so disappointed.

  7. Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    [email protected]: There is no single American electoral system. There are county systems which operate under state systems which carry out federal rules.

  8. Posted April 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    That’s a bit wicked DEM, but I like it!

    If the republicans will insist on making sex an issue – so will I.

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