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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Romney Drops Challenge Over Ohio Delegates

Campaign cites party unity as front-runner meets with Rick Santorum.

photo of Rebecca Kaplan
May 4, 2012

Mitt Romney’s campaign has ended a challenge to claim four Ohio delegates who represented districts where former rival Rick Santorum won the vote but did not present the required full slate of delegates. The move is intended as a sign of party unity on the day that Romney and Santorum are meeting to make peace.

“In the interests of party unity, we have decided to drop our Ohio delegate challenge. It’s time for all Republicans to come together and focus on defeating Barack Obama and reversing the damage caused by his failed economic policies,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said on Friday.

Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett commended the decision, saying, “Our full delegation to the national convention honors their commitment to this important process and will stand united in firm support of Governor Romney's bold vision for America's future."

 

The Committee on Contests will meet Monday to determine how to allocate the four delegates. While they are expected to be awarded to Santorum, the Ohio delegation will meet on June 1 and can decide to have the delegates back Romney if his campaign reaches an agreement with the former senator from Pennsylvania.

The news was first reported by CNN.

Sarah Huisenga contributed

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