After much speculation, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has decided to call it quits. In a speech Tuesday afternoon in Gettysburg, PA., Santorum told reporters he would be suspending his campaign, thanking his supporters for their dedication, and extolling what his campaign was all about.

During the speech Santorum listed his accomplishments—winning 11 states and spreading his message “far and wide”—and perhaps setting himself up for a possible run in 2016.

Santorum’s exit from the presidential race comes amid pressure from establishment Republicans for the former Senator to step aside and allow front-runner Mitt Romney to assume the nomination.

Over the past week, Romney has garnered the support of rank-and-file Republicans like Pres. George H.W. Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Congressman Paul Ryan, and many felt that Santorum’s insistence to stay in the race would ultimately hurt Romney’s chances in the fall.

Despite calls from the Romney campaign, Santorum hasn’t endorsed Romney just yet. Additionally, by suspending his campaign instead of quitting the race all together, Santorum holds onto the delegates he won, which may indicate he hopes to influence the focus of the GOP ticket in fall.

Now that Santorum is out of the GOP race, the 2012 election campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney is on. Who do you think will come out on top? 

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    Rick Santorum must have really thought his campaign was going somewhere. It probably would have- were it not for his questionable views on race as well as his “N-word” fiasco and “Blah people” incident within a month of each other.

    So now it’s down to Obama and Romney. Once again, I will say that Obama is going to win this election by default. Why? Because Romney is a Mormon and Mormonism is generally not accepted by Christians. Last time I checked, America was a primarily Christian nation.

  • Dalili

    I agree! Though I think the race between President Obama & Mr. Romney will be a very close one.

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