Social Media Responds: Santorum Quits

News that Republican Rick Santorum was suspending his presidential campaign ignited chatter across social media on Tuesday. His name quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, with 2,187 Tweets posted per second during his live speech, according to social media monitoring firm Networked Insights.

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  1. Tweets about the news began with people sharing breaking news headlines. Our post, below, was retweeted more than 400 times:

  2. Conversations quickly took on a sarcastic nature, Networked Insights said.
  3. This tweet, from the satirist @pourmecoffee, for example, was retweeted more than 2,100 times:
  4. Several Twitter users remarked on Mr. Santorum's infamous sweater vest, which he mentioned during his speech Tuesday. “Amazing thing that sweater vest," Mr. Santorum said. "All of a sudden the Twitterverse went wild."

    And went wild it did: 
  5. The remaining candidates also responded to the news:
  6. Newt Gingrich's campaign bought a promoted tweet, encouraging people to donate to his campaign:
  7. We posted the news of Mr. Santorum's withdrawal to The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page. The post drew more than 80 comments from readers. Here are some highlights:
  8. GLAD & EXCITED . . . another one bites the dust!!!!!!
  9. now is the time for all freedom-loving Americans to rally behind Romney. Never has there been a more important election in our lifetimes.
  10. That was an impressive effort topped off by knowing when it's time to get out. The Rs are better off in November for having Santorum run.
  11. The Republicans don't stand a chance, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. I'm not a fan of Obama, but Frothy was just hateful and insane. And Mitt has nothing in common with the average American. With the choices on the table, Obama is the lesser of all evils, unfortunately.
  12. He knew losing his home state for the 2nd time in his political career would be a bad precursor to taking on Hilary in 2016 after Barack takes down Mitt. Figured he'd done enough damage to Mitt already.
  13. Santorum Vice president? That's the offer
  14. What can you say... 1 less clown in the car!!!
  15. Great! Romney is Obama light! We are screwed either way!
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