Rick Santorum Bows Out

by Mike on April 11, 2012

in Election 2012,Politics

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for President yesterday.  His decision was probably a wise move.  Although it was still possible for Santorum to catch up to Romney, it was highly unlikely.  Romney holds a significant lead in the delegate count and most of the states voting on April 24.  Mitt was even competitive in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania.  States holding primaries in May were favorable to Santorum, but it probably wouldn’t have made a difference given Romney’s lead.   Although it wasn’t the result he (or I) wanted, Santorum can be proud of the campaign he waged over the last year.

Santorum came out of nowhere to become a major factor in the race.  He became the last non-Romney flavor of the month just days before caucusing began in Iowa, the first state to cast ballots and fortunately, the one where Santorum spent most of his time.  He went on to win Iowa while Mitt Romney took New Hampshire and Newt Gingrich won South Carolina.  After a slump in the polls, Santorum came back a second time to  win the Missouri primary and caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota.  However, after Newt Gingrich decided to stay in the race and split the conservative vote despite having no chance of winning the nomination, Santorum’s task became that much more difficult.

Santorum has much to be proud of.  When the race began, Santorum languished in the single digits of pretty much every opinion poll in the country, received little to no attention in the national media, and operated a campaign on a budget more suited to a campaign for student council.  Despite those disadvantages and relying on his heartfelt conservative beliefs, he nearly gave the frontrunner a run for his money.  Well done, Senator.

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rightonoz April 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

The wrong person bowed out.

It should have been Gingrich (seen by many thinking people outside (and inside?) the US as a loose cannon wack job). Not to mention morals that put him more in Bill Clinton’s league.

Santorum was the sort of guy that right wing leaders outside of the US would have been happy to work with.

Solid right wing, not likely to rush into another ill conceived war, and not prone to hissy fits if everyone doesn’t kiss his arse.

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