The proverbial fat lady finally sang on former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s presidential aspirations on Tuesday with the suspension of his campaign.
"I walked out of the Iowa caucus victory and said ’game on,’" he said during a press conference in Gettysburg, Pa., with his wife and several of his children. "I know a lot of folks are gonna write-maybe even those at the White House-game over, but this game is a long, long way from over."
Santorum’s unexpected surge after his narrow victory against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Iowa Republican caucuses certainly caught many political observers and pundits off guard. The former Pennsylvania senator went on to won the Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee GOP primaries and the Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota and North Dakota Republican caucuses. In spite of these sustained victories, however, Santorum was unable to gain sustained traction among mainstream Republican voters.