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Santorum Surge That Got Anoka County Boost Ends in Penn.

The Republican suspended his presidential campaign in his home state.

Rick Santorum's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination—which got a big boost from Anoka County voters on night—came to an end Tuesday afternoon.

It's exactly nine weeks to the day since Minnesota, and particularly Anoka County, elevated Santorum's candidacy with a strong caucus straw-poll showing. The Santorum surge started with simultaneous wins on Feb. 7 in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. 

Anoka County Precinct Caucus Presidential Preference Poll Results

Candidate Votes Percentage Santorum  1,578    50% Paul    811    26% Romney    444    14% Gingrich    324    10%

(Source: Minnesota Secretary of State)

Statewide, Santorum had 21,988 votes for 45 percent. Ron Paul had 13,282 votes for 27 percent. Romney had 8,240 votes for 17 percent. And Newt Gingrich had 5,263 votes for 11 percent. 

(Precinct-by-precinct results are not available from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office or the Republican Party of Minnesota.)

 before , making a campaign appearance at the Schwan Center at the National Sports Center in Blaine, where he rightly predicted that Minnesota would help "shake up" the national political scene.

"We are not done fighting," Santorum said in his speech suspending his campaign Tuesday. He did not endorse rival Mitt Romney.

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