Rick Santorum withdraws from US Presidential race

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Mitt RomneyThe withdrawal of Rick Santorum from the Republican Presidential race last night all but guaranteed Mitt Romney (15/8 to win US Presidential Election) the nomination for the party. While it will not be officially confirmed until the Republican National Convention in August, there seems no other credible alternative to the former Massachusetts governor.

The attention now switches to the race for the Presidency. Romney will be hoping he can close the gap in the polls, which currently gives President Obama a 7 point lead.

The economy is set to be one of the key areas in the upcoming election. With recent improvements in growth and employment, support for Barack Obama has surged, although a recent poll suggests that 54% continue to disapprove of his handling of the economy (2/5 Barack Obama to win 2012 Election). However, Obama will continue to enjoy the overwhelming support of women, where his support figures far outweigh those of Romney.

The only other question left to answer is who will join Romney on the Republican ticket as the Vice-Presidential nominee. There are rumours that Rick Santorum might have been promised a spot on the ticket in exchange for preventing a long and drawn-out process, although whether he has the appeal remains to be seen (16/1 Rick Santorum to be Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee).

Far more likely though is the young Florida Senator, Marco Rubio. Long touted as a future Presidential candidate, a spot on the ticket would certainly boost his public profile and, as the so-called ‘Crown Prince’ of the Tea Party movement, his selection would boost support for Romney among the far-right of the party (5/2 Marco Rubio to be Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee).

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