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    Santorum Seeks Gingrich Exit

    FREDERICK, MD - APRIL 02:  Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) waits back stage to be introduced during a campaign town hall-style meeting at the Hodson Auditorium on the campus of Hood College, April 2, 2012 in Frederick, Maryland. Maryland will hold one of three primaries in the nation Tuesday. After acknowledging it is impossible for him to win the GOP presidential nomination outright, Gingrich has vowed to stay in the presidential race even after firing a third of his campaign staff last week, taking the fight to the party convention.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Rick Santorum met with conservative leaders on Thursday to ask them to pressure Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race, sources said. While it’s likely Mitt Romney will capture the GOP nomination, Santorum has lost several states by small margins—in amounts that are similar to the number of votes Gingrich has received. With Romney surging in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania, Santorum is reportedly seeking to work out a deal with Gingrich before then. “The leaders told us they wanted to stop Romney, defeat Barack Obama, and unite conservatives behind Rick,” said one Santorum aide.

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