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Rick Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

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He had a good run, but he just couldn’t pull it off. No surprise there. The real surprise was that he lasted this long.

From The Hill:

Santorum announced that he is suspending his campaign at an event in his home state of Pennsylvania — his first public appearance following the release of his daughter Bella from the hospital and after he took a break from the campaign trail for a long Easter weekend.

“While this presidential race is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” he said from Gettysburg, Pa., flanked by his family.

The former senator thanked his supporters for what he called the campaign’s “improbable” success. But Santorum’s poll numbers were dropping ahead of Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary, with Romney throwing the full weight of his campaign into a push to win there.

As The Hill points out, Santorum didn’t want to suffer a loss in his home state of Pennsylvania, but you can bet if the poll numbers were different he’d be right there, tearing Romney a new one.

So with Newt done quite some time ago and Santorum wrapping it up, looks like the general election can start in earnest.

Still, do you think Santorum’s and Newt’s attacks will hurt Romney in the general? I can’t help but think the answer is “yes.” So many soundbites! Hillary wasn’t nearly as caustic as the Republican also-rans were. Mainly because she probably thought she was going to win it and wanted to seem presidential. Newt and Santorum knew that they could only win if Romney really tripped up.

Buckle your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride for the GOP this year.