imageRick Santorum announced today that he is suspending his campaign.  He said his daughter Bella’s latest hospitalization over the weekend was a time of “prayer and thought” about the status of his campaign.  He took time to recognize the stories of different volunteers, like Chuck Laudner in Iowa with his truck, and a young man in wheelchair, as well as the Duggers.

“He said it has been a wonderful story after story of people coming forward.”  He said people stepped up even though experts said they would never win.  He said, but we did win in a different way.  He realized it wasn’t about his voice, but our voices.

“We painted a hopeful, positive vision for our country.”  Santorum said, “we wanted to share the hopes of Americans, not just the fears of Americans.”  He said his campaign was about who we were as Americans.

Santorum said, “We made a decision to get into the race at the kitchen table, and we decided over the weekend that this campaign is done for me, but we are not done fighting.”  So they are suspending their campaign effective today, but will go on to fight to make sure President Obama is defeated and that Republicans keep the House and take back the Senate.

Update:  Dustin and I needed to communicate a little I guess.  Yes Paul and Gingrich are staying in the race, but with Santorum out Romney now has a clear path to the nomination.  For the nomination race to come down to a brokered convention it was necessary for Santorum to stay in.

2nd Update: Newt Gingrich comments:

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.

This will obviously boost Gingrich’s performance in upcoming states, but with Santorum gone there is zero chance he can peel enough delegates away to block Romney from the nomination.  I wish that weren’t the case, but it’s true.  It was going to be difficult with Santorum in the race.  Now it’s mathematically impossible.

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  1. This is sad, and a bit bizarre.  I wonder what the real reason is, if it’s something else?  Were there death threats (or other threats) toward Santorum and/or his family from the Romney camp, I wonder? I know that may sound a bit farfetched, but I wouldn’t exactly put it past him.

    Or maybe Rick felt he might not win PA.

    1. I think a combo of Bella’s health, the RNC setting up a joint fundraising account with Romney and slipping poll numbers in PA all played a part.  But I think the primary reason was Bella being in the hospital for the second time in as many months.  I figure they were perhaps given info we are not privy to.

      I wouldn’t say there’s been death threats – especially from the Romney camp – that takes more of an imagination than I have.

      1. LOL.  Well, I know there have been plenty of threats against him by Romney and the Rethuglicans in terms of ruining him politically if he didn’t drop out, but I was just guessing about the death threats.  Since Obama seems to have resorted to those the last time around with the Clintons–and seems to have been linked to some murders as well (no joke), nothing would surprise me.  (I can provide links if you want more info.)  

        But I think you’re right that there were a number of reasons Santorum suspended, and Bella was probably the biggest.

        What a sad day for so many conservatives.  I hope Santorum doesn’t give any kind of glowing endorsement to Romney at least.

      2. As Santorum revealed today, apparently the biggest reason was money.  Practically no moolah the week after WI.  That, coupled with the forbidding odds (no winner-takes-all for TX), was just too steep a hill for him to climb.  

        Maybe that was God’s clear way of showing him to exit the race.  I sure wish he could have continued, but we have to believe that God knows what He’s doing.  And it’s not inconceivable that Paul and Gingrich may be able to block Romney from getting the required number of delegates.    

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