With Santorum out, MNGOP Chair expects Republicans to back Romney

The Chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party says he expects the focus of the presidential campaign to shift to a general election fight between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Pat Shortridge says he expects Mitt Romney to be his party’s nominee now that Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign. Shortridge says he expects Republicans to start rallying around Romney’s campaign.

“As long as he continue to frame and hone his message in terms of offering solutions to the problems we face, I think he’s going to win that conservative support,” Shortridge said.

Shortridge says it’s hard to predict what impact Santorum’s Minnesota supporters will have at the national convention. Santorum won the party’s non-binding straw poll at Minnesota’s precinct caucuses in February. Minnesota Republicans will vote at the state party convention next month on which delegates go the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida in August.

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