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Calcasieu Parish Republican Party reacts to Santorum leaving campaign

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A local Republican Party leader said it's not surprising presidential candidate Rick Santorum stepped out of the campaign.

Calcasieu Parish Republican Party Executive Committee Chairman Tore Carlberg said it was a good thing for the party and the election that Santorum dropped out at this time.

"I was not really surprised," Carlberg said. "Factors are his child, raising of the money and the fact that perhaps he's going to get a bigger part in government by dropping out."

Carlberg said Santorum struggled with raising money for his campaign compared to his close rival Mitt Romney, and when his 3-year-old daughter became ill Carlberg said that was the final straw for Santorum. Not to mention he was a favorite among the conservatives.

"He is ultra conservative of course and so that and I think the people read that and it's not to say that Mitt Romney is not conservative, but he's more middle of the road than Santorum is so, Gingrich is very conservative and yet Santorum apparently appealed more to the conservatives than did Gingrich," Carlberg said.

But he believes the Republican Party still stands a chance in the election process.

"We've seen the change and we're just like "no." We'd love to get back to the old. Plus the economy is not in favor of the President and if the Supreme Court does kill a lot of Obama Care, that's just about the last nail in the coffin," Carlberg said. "So I think we have a really good chance at winning and I hope we do!"

Carlberg said he thinks the favored candidate will be Mitt Romney and he's not disappointed because he said Romney put together a strong race.

The Calcasieu Parish Republican Party will be very involved with the campaign process. Carlberg said they will have campaign signs and other campaign materials available for the public in the near future.

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