Rick Santorum 2016 presidential campaign

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Rick Santorum
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CampaignRepublican primaries
U.S. presidential election, 2016
CandidateRick Santorum
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
AffiliationRepublican Party
StatusAnnounced: May 27, 2015
Suspended: February 3, 2016
HeadquartersP.O. Box 238
Verona, Pennsylvania
ReceiptsUS$1,302,884 (2015-12-31[1])
SloganRestore the American Dream for hardworking families
Santorum at CPAC in 2015
Santorum speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Republican Party in October 2015.

The 2016 presidential campaign of Rick Santorum, former United States Senator from Pennsylvania, was formally announced at a rally in Pittsburgh on May 27, 2015.[2] His campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016 was his second bid for the office, after having been a candidate in 2012, where he received the second most delegates after 2012 nominee Mitt Romney.

Santorum suspended his campaign on February 3, 2016, and endorsed Marco Rubio.


2012 election[edit]

Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 election. He announced his campaign on Good Morning America on June 6, 2011. He won 11 contests and received 4 million votes, putting him in second place to nominee Mitt Romney. Facing a tough challenge by Romney, lagging poll numbers and the poor health of his daughter, Santorum announced the suspension of his campaign on April 10, 2012.[3]

2016 campaign[edit]

Santorum had been considered a potential presidential candidate in the 2016 election since at least the suspension of his 2012 campaign. A Los Angeles Times article about Santorum's 2012 campaign suspension mentioned that his strong second-place showing in that election would bolster any effort to get the nomination in 2016 or 2020.[3] During an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News on May 6, 2015, Santorum commented that he was the underdog in the 2012 election and that he would likely be the underdog again in the 2016 election, saying "We're very comfortable there."[4] However, eight months in, Santorum failed to get his campaign going, with polling numbers dropping, and staying, below 1.0%.[5] After a poor showing in the Iowa Caucuses, Santorum announced the suspension of his campaign on February 3, 2016,[6] giving his endorsement to Marco Rubio.[7] During an April 25, 2017 question and answer session, however, Santorum commented that Rubio and Cruz would have been inferior to Trump as party nominees.[8]


Rick Santorum endorsements
U.S. Representatives (current)
State legislators


  1. ^ "Candidate (P20002721) Summary Reports – 2016 Cycle". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Announcement - Rick Santorum for President". Ricksantorum.com. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  3. ^ a b Mehta, Seema (April 11, 2012). "Santorum clears path for Romney". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  4. ^ Sherfinski, David (May 8, 2015). "Rick Santorum to announce 2016 plans on May 27". The Washington Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ "2016 National Republican Primary - Polls - HuffPost Pollster". Huffington Post. January 17, 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  6. ^ Flores, Reena (February 3, 2016). "Report: Rick Santorum to quit presidential race". CBSNews.com. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Rick Santorum Ends 2016 Run, Endorses Marco Rubio". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  8. ^ "Rick Santorum in the Age of Trump". Like the Dew. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  9. ^ "U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta endorses Rick Santorum for President". Lisa Graas.
  10. ^ Dumain, Emma (2015-02-21). "Who's Backing Who? The House GOP Endorsement List". Blogs.rollcall.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  11. ^ "Santorum Begins to Assemble His Iowa Team". The Iowa Republican.
  12. ^ "Santorum and Patriot Voices announce Walt Rogers as Iowa Chair". Patriot Voices.
  13. ^ a b "Rick Santorum Announces New Hampshire Endorsements". blog.4president.org. October 6, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Pennsylvania Republican Legislative Leaders Endorse Rick Santorum for President". blog.4president.org. July 14, 2015.
  15. ^ "Here's where all the presidential candidates get their campaign money". Yahoo News. July 21, 2015.