Iowa Governor Branstad Endorses Romney for President; Santorum Suspends Campaign
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
Update: Moments after posting this article. GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has announced he is suspending his bid for president, according to multiple news outlets.
If you need another sign that the race for the GOP nomination for president is over, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has made an endorsement.
Branstad endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a few moments ago.
Branstad had steadfastly refused to endorse a candidate throughout the Iowa Caucus season and ever since, even as Romney pulled further and further ahead in the delegate count.
If you'll recall, Romney won, then lost the Iowa Caucus. In reality, the double-digit vote divide between Romney and Rick Santorum, who was declared winner, was so narrow and there was enough confusion in the count that state GOP officials initially refused to declare a winner and said we may never truly know who won.
According to Obradovich, Branstad said he "withheld his endorsement until now because he wants to focus on uniting the GOP," and that "The Iowa caucuses did its job .. now it’s time to coalesce around one candidate."
Check out earlier Iowa Patch coverage of the Caucuses: