Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Republican presidential candidate just announced he's suspending his campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum just announced that he is suspending his campaign. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania was expected to make the announcement at an event in Gettysburg, but just made the announcement on CNN. According to Huffington Post, the combination of his daughter's sickness and recent poll numbers showing him possibly losing his home state apparently prompted the early departure. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
After losing the Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Republican primaries to Mitt Romney, Santorum spoke to supporters in the Cranberry area.
After losing the Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. primaries to Mitt Romney, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum looked to the future as he addressed the crowd gathered Tuesday for an election party in the Cranberry area. Repeatedly telling supporters they “know him,” the former U.S. senator, who grew up about 22 miles away in Butler—he also owns a house in Penn Hills—vowed to continue his campaign and to win his home state of Pennsylvania in the April 24 primary. “We’re hitting the field. The clock starts tonight,” he said. “We’ve got three weeks to go out here in Pennsylvania and win this state, and after winning this state, the field looks a little different in May.” Romney's wins Tuesday put him past the halfway mark …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The presidential hopeful will be at the Four Points by Sheraton North.
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will be in Cranberry Tuesday evening to host an election party. A Butler native, Santorum will be at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North as elections results come in from the Maryland and Wisconsin primaries. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. event. Seven Fields resident Allison Beresnyak, who is part of Santorum’s campaign team, said all are welcome at the election party. “This is completely open event,” she said. “We’re expecting a great crowd.” Santorum is one of four presidential candidates seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president. According to a primary poll published on Real Clear Politics, Santorum is closing in on Mitt Romney’s lead with Wisconsin’s GOP primary…
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Mitt Romney won in the cities and suburbs, perhaps just enough to hold off Rick Santorum voters in the state's rural areas.
Mitt Romney narrowly defeated Rick Santorum Tuesday in the Ohio Republican primary to claim most of the delegates and the giant symbolic prize that is the Buckeye State. While some votes remain outstanding, the Associated Press, CNN and other media organizations have called the race for Romney. Romney performed well in the state's population centers, including Northeast Ohio, but could not defeat Santorum in the state's rural areas, according to results with 96 percent of the precincts reporting. Romney claimed the counties that included Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and other big cities. Newt Gingrich played the spoiler role, collecting about 15 percent of the vote. Here are the unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State: …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The former PA senator captured 55 percent of the vote in Missouri to Mitt Romney's 25 percent.
The Huffington Post reports Tuesday was a bad night for Mitt Romney as Rick Santorum swept Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. The former PA senator won Missouri and Minnesota by large margins, capturing 55 percent of the vote in Missouri to Romney's 25 percent. He won Minnesota—capturing 45 percent of the vote—a state Romney won in the 2008 primary. Santorum won all 114 of Missouri's counties. Affton-Shrewsbury Patch, in St. Louis, reports he won more than half the Republican vote in the state. “Conservatism is alive in Missouri and Minnesota,” Santorum told the crowd attending his victory party at the St. Charles Convention Center. “I hope you have been listening to our message. Mitt Romney has the same positions as Barack Obama,” Santorum…
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Newt Gingrich trounces Mitt Romney in South Carolina, which makes Santorum's victory in Iowa—however late—all the more important.
(Editor's note: This article originally appeared in Iowa City Patch.) Former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich trounced Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary less than 24 hours after GOP officials finally acknowledged that former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum—and not Romney—won the Iowa Caucus. Gingrich's victory in South Carolina proved that reports of his campaign's death back in June were decidedly premature. The polls Saturday night had barely closed when the country's major news outlets projected Gingrich the winner. With 95 percent of the vote counted, Gingrich was at 41 percent to Romney's 27 percent, with Santorum at 17 percent and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at 13 percent, the Associated Press reported. Had Romney won in South …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Official count out this morning says Romney really lost by 34 votes.
It's not looking like a good day for Mitt Romney. The Des Moines Register and other news outlets are reporting this morning that the official count from the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus shows that Rick Santorum – not Romney – actually wound up with a 34-vote advantage. Results from eight precincts are still missing, the Register reported, but they will never be recovered and certified. That means that according to the certified numbers, Santorum comes out on top, with 29,839 votes to Romney's 29,805. Romney had been declared the winner on caucus night by a slim 8-vote margin, which helped propel him to a big win in the New Hampshire Primary. Also today, a new poll has Newt Gingrich closing on Romney in South Carolina, whose residents go to the polls…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
How former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has financed his home in Virginia.
A search of land records for the $2 million Great Falls, VA, home of Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Richard Santorum turns up a series of mortgages that at times equaled and exceeded the sales price of the property. The industry guideline is usually mortgages should not exceed 75 percent of the appraised value of a property, according to mortgage experts. The assessed value of the Great Falls home, which is set by Fairfax County, has fallen since Santorum bought it in 2007. Property values have fallen throughout the county—even in the wealthiest communities of McLean and Great Falls—because of the recession. It's a fascinating story to follow the real estate transactions of this presidential aspirant who …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucuses by 8 votes over Rick Santorum.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania finished second in the Iowa Caucuses on Tuesday. Mitt Romney claimed victory by a mere eight votes over Rick Santorum in the closest GOP race in the storied history of the Iowa caucuses, according to the Iowa City Patch. Next Tuesday, New Hampshire voters have their say in GOP nominations, followed by South Carolina and Florida. Santorum has homes in Pennsylvania and Virginia. He has claimed residency in both states this year. For more on his residency issues, see this article on the Plum-Oakmont Patch. According to the Iowa City Patch, Santorum was helped by endorsements from Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley of The Family Leader, a prominent evangelical group in Iowa. He …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
He has two homes in two states, has claimed residency in both this year—and his newest home in Virginia has a purchase price of $0 listed, opening the door to more questions.
At the Iowa Straw Poll in August, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum handed out samples of what he dubbed “Pennsylvania Presidential Peach Preserves.” According to a story in the Des Moines (IA) Register, he told a crowd at the Perry Public Library that he, his wife Karen and their children had harvested 600 early peaches from their fruit trees back home, peeled them and made them into 40 jars of peach preserves to take with them to the Straw Poll. It’s unlikely the peaches came from the $106,000 Penn Hills, PA, home Santorum still—sometimes—claims as his residence. Other than in the supermarkets of the post-World War II suburb that borders Pittsburgh, the only place to find the product of 600 peaches in Penn Hills might be in…