Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Republican

Highest office held:
Senator from Pennsylvania

Notable quote:
“America’s honor, your honor is at stake. Go out and preserve the greatest country in the history of the world.”

Rick Santorum

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The presidential campaign of Rick Santorum, known for being the second campaign of its kind, died Feb. 3, 2016. It was 253 days old.

The campaign began its life on May 27, 2015, in Cabot, Pennsylvania. Rick Santorum, a former senator of the state, told voters they didn’t “need another president tied to big government or big money.”

Santorum ran his first campaign for the presidency in 2012. He won Iowa, a state home to the first caucus in the nation, as well as several other states. When he dropped out in April 2012 while in second place, the Los Angeles Times predicted he would “mount a serious effort in 2016 or 2020.”

However, that was not what happened for much of Santorum’s 2016 campaign. The campaign was unable to ever poll above 3 percent, and Santorum placed 11th in the Iowa caucuses.

The campaign is survived by its endorsement of Marco Rubio.