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No Quorum For Santorum

Jan. 30 2008, Published 8:04 a.m. ET

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Poor Rick Santorum. A few months ago, he was being hailed by his GOP brethren as a leading White House contender. Now it looks like the gay-bashing golden boy, who is running for a third term in Pennsylvania, may not even make it back to the Senate. According to a in The Hill, the devoutly Catholic candidate is now trailing Democrat Bob Casey by 16 points. But as Santorum's campaign has lost steam, Capital Hill sources say his support from RNC heavies has also evaporated. The blow-dried bible-thumper, who launched his campaign with a giant war chest, is also being deserted by the party's major moneymen, who are focusing their largesse on more competitive candidates.

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"This is how the Republicans operate," sighs a veteran GOP campaign manager close to Santorum. "Even if you agree with their agenda, they'll abandon you if you're behind in the polls and move on to the next-most important race."

Increasingly dubious about Santorum's chances, Capitol Hill sources report GOP powerbrokers have refocused their attentions--and dollars--on Doug Forrester, a little-known party hack who's currently embroiled in a dead heat race with multi-millionaire Democrat Jon Corzine for New Jersey's governorship.

"The party is pouring millions of dollars in PAC money into Forrester's coffers, but most of that money was previously earmarked for Rick," reports a well-placed Republican senate staffer. "It's disgusting. Rick used to be Bush's biggest booster on issues like stem-cell research, Social Security, and the Iraq war. Now the White House won't even take his phone calls."

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