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Santorum bristles at idea of quitting

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Newt Gingrich shouldn’t be urging him to drop out of the primaries.

Mr. Santorum told Fox News that one candidate shouldn’t tell another “to get out of the race and get out of the way.”

The former Pennsylvania senator was responding to remarks by Mr. Gingrich suggesting other conservatives need to coalesce around him to keep Mitt Romney from winning the party nomination.

Mr. Santorum said he thinks he is the better, more conservative candidate himself — but that wouldn’t justify asking Mr. Gingrich to quit. He said, “Everybody should run.”

Mr. Santorum, who won a close victory in the Iowa caucuses, lagged in the polls and gave up on Tuesday’s Florida primary. He moved on to other primary states.


Obama raised money as Republicans voted

President Obama planned to spend the evening with high-end donors, raising money for his re-election campaign as his GOP opponents awaited the outcome of Florida’s primary.

Mr. Obama was to attend two fundraisers Tuesday evening, each with tickets priced at $35,800 and the proceeds going to his campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The president was slated to speak to about 50 people at the swanky St. Regis Hotel in Washington and then to a group of nearly 70 at a private home in Chevy Chase, not far from the White House.

The events were to get under way as polls closed in Florida, where Mitt Romney was countng on a strong showing in his bid to become the GOP nominee against Mr. Obama in November.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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