Influential Iowa social conservative Bob Vander Plaats, whose recent endorsement for Rick Santorum helped boost his Iowa surge, is now calling on some candidates to exit the race, reports BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller:
Iowa conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats called on Rep. Michele Bachmann to drop out of the Republican race and for Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry to reassess their campaigns following expected lackluster performances in the Iowa Caucuses. …
“The worst thing that can happen to Mitt Romney is to run head to head against Rick Santorum,” he said. “He wants to have a multiple candidate field, so I think some of these candidates — they need to reassess where they are at tonight.”
“I think Michele Bachmann has to definitely [drop out],” he added.