Republicans Want Paul, Gingrich Out

    Republican presidential candidates, from left, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stand for the National Anthem before the start of a Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    Mitt Romney may be winning big in the delegate race, but that doesn’t mean Republicans think it’s over yet. A CNN/ORC International poll shows that about 6 in 10 who identify with the GOP want Rick Santorum to stay in the race. Santorum currently has only 262 delegates while Romney has 569, with 1,144 needed for the GOP nomination. A similar number of Republicans polled said that they want Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to drop out of the race. That being said, none of the candidates looks to be bowing out anytime soon. Gingrich said he’d exit the race if Romney clinches the nomination, though he doesn’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon. Paul, too, wonders why he’s being asked to “throw in the towel.”

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