POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 10:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 10:09am
TYLER — "Against all odds, we won 11 states. Millions of voters, millions of votes. We won more counties than all the other people in this race combined," Santorum said today at a news conference.
Out of obscurity, he quickly became a GOP star.
Now, Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign.
In a Tuesday news conference he cited his daughter's illness as a contributing factor...and he vows he's "not done fighting."
Here in East Texas, Smith County Republican party chair Ashton Oravetz tells KETK this leaves Mitt Romney as the likely nominee...but he says he hasn't won just yet.
"Is it good for the Republican party? I personally don't think so because I think it's better to go and have Romney prove himself rather than be annointed as the candidate," Oravetz said.
If the huge campaign sign on South Broadway in Tyler is any indication, Rick Santorum means an awful lot to East Texans. But if you're a Santorum fan, don't worry, you might still get to vote for him.
"The Texas ballot was set a while back and you've got 8 candidates on there so...Santorum's name is still gonna be on there. And so I think some people are still gonna vote for him," Oravetz said.
After Santorum broke his news, we asked East Texans what they thought about the new shape of the race -- with Romney as the likely candidate.
"I think it will be a hard race...but it's possible that he could win," said East Texan Robert Pankratz.
"Well, certainly we need a change for the better. We can't continue on like we are," said undecided East Texas voter June Watson.