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Gingrich should quit, Olsen says

California Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto)
California Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto)

Newt Gingrich should give up the race for the Republican presidential nomination, California Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) said Tuesday.

After celebrating former Sen. Rick Santorum's victories in Mississippi and Alabama on her Twitter account Tuesday night, Olsen wrote that "if Gingrich wants to elect a conservative candidate who can beat Obama in November, he should get out of the race."

As of Thursday, the message had been retweeted twice and another Twitter user commented that Gingrich is "delusional and it was highly evident in his speech tonight. It's unfortunate he won't leave."

First elected in 2010, Olsen has solid conservative credentials and ran with the support of the California National Federation of Independent Business, California Pro-Life Council, National Rifle Association and Peace Officers Research Association of California.

"Santorum is the quintessential enemy of the left," Olsen said in a February speech at the California Republican Party Convention. "Mainstream media loves to try to tear him down and render him ineffective. But Santorum remains steadfast. He is a courageous and consistent conservative standing up for faith, family, and freedom. He is the true conservative in this presidential race.”

"At the end of the day it’s simple: Rick Santorum is the one candidate who we can trust," Olsen told fellow Republicans. "We know what he believes, we know where he stands, we know he will not falter on his mission and we know he will not make excuses.”

As of Thursday, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts has 495 delegates to the August Republican National Convention, Santorum has 252, Gingrich has 131 and Rep. Ron Paul has 48.

If Gingrich were to withdraw and release his delegates to Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator would still be 112 delegates behind Romney.

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