Rick Santorum ran third in Florida with a very small budget. Romney outspent the three other campaigns combined almost 4 to 1 and got 47 percent of the GOP primary voters in Florida or almost $3 per vote but don't worry, he'd got more money left. That is a big plurality in a multi-candidate race but it is still not closing the deal in my opinion. The GOP needs more than just rich people and senior citizens who back Romney in GOP primaries to win in November.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum ran an honorable and positive campaign and I remain proud of him. He stands for principle consistently over a period of years and has an appealing common touch and refreshing humility that I admire in contrast to the overwhelming vanity of many candidates. I understand the preferences of other IR readers and I repect their differences of opinion as to the qualities they most want in a GOP nominee. But the test for me is would I be proud of a candidate win, lose, or draw and Rick Santorum passes that test for me.