Another One Bites the Dust: Rick Santorum Calls It Quits

Another One Bites the Dust: Rick Santorum Calls It Quits

Ryan Lee, Associate Writer: News & Current Events

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his presidential bid this afternoon, effectively ending his uphill quest for the White House.

After surging to a surprise victory in the Iowa caucuses to kick off the presidential primaries, Santorum had glimpses of success while winning 11 states, but was unable to muster the momentum needed to overtake former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Throughout the campaign, Santorum stayed true to his anti-gay pedigree. He vigorously defended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” compared same-sex marriage to polygamy and distributed anti-gay robocalls against Mitt Romney during the Wisconsin primary.

Santorum reportedly called Mitt Romney earlier in the day to concede the race. Santorum’s departure leaves only three contenders in the once crowded Republican field – Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul – although Romney’s lead is widely considered insurmountable.

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