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S.C. Senator Tells Perry to Get Out

Grooms expected to endorse Santorum on Tuesday.

S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Bonneau), , called on the Texas governor to get out of the S.C. GOP Primary to avoid splitting conservative votes.

Patch has learned that Grooms is expected to endorse former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) on Tuesday at an event on the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant.

In a statement, Grooms said that he "had tremendously high hopes" for Perry, but mistakes have hurt the campaign beyond repair. 

"Now is the time to get out and pass the baton to another leader that can take the message to the next level," Grooms said.

The Berkeley County senator noted that "when conservatives split, big government wins."

In various recent polls, Perry is at a distant fifth or sixth place with between five and seven percent. The state's race could be very close for the other candidates still in the race.  

"Remaining in the race at this point only serves to steer votes away from viable candidates," Grooms said.

Earlier Monday, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman got out of the race and encouraged his supporters to vote for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

SDR January 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Ron Paul will change the culture of DC. There is too much money.
racj January 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM
What right does he have to tell Rick Perry to get out of the race. Rick Perry believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ,he knows how to govern,and he has a good message.

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