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Under Pressure, Santorum Huddles with Conservatives

Under Pressure, Santorum Huddles with Conservatives

By Sam Youngman and Alistair Bell 

Tumbling in the polls and under increasing pressure to abandon his White House campaign, Republican Rick Santorum huddled with conservative leaders and aides on Thursday to plot strategy.

Among the options on the table: a plan that would involve Newt Gingrich dropping out of the Republican race and backing Santorum in a late effort to unite conservatives and prevent Mitt Romney from clinching the party’s presidential nomination.

The meeting, in a Virginia suburb of Washington, came two days after Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, won three primaries to widen his lead over Santorum in the state-by-state race for the Republican nomination.

Santorum’s campaign had planned to take a long weekend break for Easter, but Thursday’s meeting was called after the former Pennsylvania senator was approached by a group of unidentified conservatives “to assess the path moving forward,” a source in Santorum’s campaign said.

Read the rest at Reuters.

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