Santorum’s move to suspend his bid removes the last significant obstacle in Romney’s now all-but-certain march to the Republican presidential nomination.
WaPo report: Rick Santorum will announce today that he is suspending his presidential campaign
— Emily Chang (@emilychangtv) April 10, 2022
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettNBCNews) April 10, 2022
Live video coverage of Santorum’s announcement. Announcement over. We will post video if we find it.
UPDATE 3: “Romney vs Obama” trending worldwide on Twitter right now.
UPDATE 4: Santorum’s announcement is over. He cites “being behind in the polls” and attending to his daughter’s health for suspending his campaign. He also mentions a campaign that exceeded expectations: won 11 states, and millions of votes, and won more counties than the other candidates. No mention of Romney or the other candidates.
UPDATE 5: Email from Romney Campaign:
I Congratulate Senator Santorum on the Campaign He Ran
Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity
Santorum spox Gidley says Romney has asked Santorum for a sitdown to officially ask for his endorsement
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 10, 2022
UPDATE 7: Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich continue their virtually obsolete campaigns.
Statement from Ron Paul spokesman:
Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa.
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.
UPDATE 9: Finally… the video:
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