According to CBS, Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination today. The candidate, who was previously elected as a Senator from Pennsylvania, has scheduled a press conference in Gettysburg to make the announcement.
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For much of the early 2012 campaign, Santorum was an afterthought in the race. A number of the early front-runners, including Trump, Bachmann, Perry, and Cain, have all decided to stop their campaigns already. As the other social conservatives left the race, Ricky gained momentum, and won the Iowa caucuses. But Santorum could never get Gingrich to drop out of the race, so Mitt won a number of the primaries since January with less than 50% of the vote. Without the ability to achieve a one on one race, similar to that waged by Obama and Clinton in 2008, Santorum found himself with a significant organizational and financial disadvantage.
Now, the race belongs to Romney, finally. Newt may continue in the race, now that his campaign’s financial troubles have become clear. But nobody actually believes that Newt can win, or that anyone would want him to win. It will be interesting to see how the Romney campaign evolves at this point.
Is he able to conduct a positive campaign? Well, he’d better. I can’t imagine how a negative campaign could be effective against a sitting president. People have too much knowledge of a president for that to work. So, Mitt needs to run a campaign based upon his ability to fix the problems in the economy, I would think.