I was wondering whether he was going to drag this preposterous anti-LGBT, anti-woman, anti-minority road show out much longer. Now Little Ricky can thank the Duggar family and the rest of the retrograde bible beaters for their support and hustle off to sit and wait for Mittens to offer him the veep slot (hope Santorum doesn’t hold his breath). (Metro Weekly):

We made a decision over the weekend that, while this pres race for us is over,” he said, announcing that he is suspending his campaign, “we are not done fighting.”

Talking about his successes, he said that people asked him, “How were we able to come from nowhere?” He was a “witness of” people’s aims for the country, he said, and “miracles” happened with his primary wins.

“We have tried to be a witness not just for your story or your voice but to try to bring a positive message … reflecting the hopes of Americans, not the fears of Americans.” He pointed to his attempts to address ”radical Islam” and a “sluggish economy.”

His also noted that his campaign was about “the moral enterprise that is America.”

This is very good news for those of us working to defeat Amendment One here in NC. With the Mittens train steaming down the tracks toward the nomination, it means even less motivation for the pro-Amendment forces to bother to vote on May 8.

I was just talking about the momentum against Amendment One with Hampton Dellinger for his show Beyond the Headlines, that airs on 1360 WCHL (it will air tomorrow - http://goo.gl/dHj8H). With major public figures all along the political spectrum speaking out strongly against the marriage discrimination amendment, the pro-Amendment crew is forced to pimp out the likes of Rev. Patrick Wooden to sell its flaming pile of lies and bigotry.

With Santorum out of the race, where does Mitt Romney stand in North Carolina? Santorum was slipping badly, hurt by Newt Gingrich still (technically) being afloat.  Public Policy Polling just posted these figures today.

Mitt Romney’s leading in North Carolina with 34% to 30% for Santorum, 17% for Gingrich, and 11% for Ron Paul. But if Gingrich dropped out of the race Santorum would take the lead with 42% to 38% for Romney and 10% for Paul. Gingrich is definitely playing a spoiler role in North Carolina.

Compared to a PPP poll two weeks ago Romney’s gained 4 points while Santorum’s stayed in place, suggesting an increasing willingness for the GOP base to unify around Romney in the wake of his wins in Maryland and Wisconsin last week.

Romney’s making serious in roads with the groups that have provided Santorum’s base of support. For instance with Tea Party voters what was a 10 point lead for Santorum a couple weeks ago is only 2 points at 32-30. There’s been a similar shift with Evangelicals, among whom Santorum’s once 10 point lead is also down to 2 points at 34-32.  Meanwhile Romney’s winning by a whooping 41-9 spread with moderate voters and has his requisite strong support with seniors at 46-23.

So it is down to money to educate voters about the harms of the Amendment — there are ads in the can. There is great enthusiasm on college campuses — young people are getting registered and ready for early voting (April 19-May4), and the grassroots efforts are chugging along successfully.

If this great news about the Santorum campaign tanking motivates you, drop some money in the till to help get those ads about Amendment One on the air here so “our side” gets out the vote.