Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, left, and Donald Trump, center, laugh as they listen to Mike Huckabee during a campaign event on the campus of Drake University Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

It’s Time to Go, Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum should be the Republican nominee.

Republicans tend to go with the guy who came in second. Had Mike Huckabee run in 2012, there is no doubt in my mind that he would have been the Republican nominee and he would have been a far better general election candidate than Mitt Romney. But Huckabee chose not to run then and Santorum filled the void that Huckabee’s absence left.

Santorum, however, did absolutely nothing to capitalize on his victories in 2012. He disappeared only to come back in 2016 with a crowded field of more relevant and current politicians while taking on an air of entitlement. By the time he re-entered he was entitled to absolutely nothing.

Last week, Rick Santorum joined Mike Huckabee in kneeling before Zod by whining incessantly at the Fox News debate about his treatment then going to Donald Trump’s rally where he stood behind a Donald Trump podium with Donald Trump looking over his shoulder.

Last night, Mike Huckabee suspended his campaign after getting more votes in Iowa than Rick Santorum.

It’s time for Rick Santorum to get out of the race. ABC News will have no kids’ table debate in New Hampshire. Santorum has little money to be able to continue. The money he had was more in sympathy to him than support for him. It is abundantly clear the GOP and conservative, evangelical voters have moved beyond him.

What a sad end, but an end nonetheless.

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