GOP circus won’t stop here

Show’s over folks. Move along. Nothing to see here.

Rick Santorum’s announcement that he is quitting, formally known as suspending his presidential campaign, ends what little suspense was left in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, will still be on the South Dakota ballot, however.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the early favorite, had the most money, the support of GOP insiders and won the most delegates in primaries and caucuses. Santorum finally yielded to the math and ended his campaign Tuesday.

This means that 2012 won’t be like 2008, when the presidential circus made an extended stop in South Dakota. Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both made several stops in SD, telling us how concernced they were about crop prices, Indian issues, rural sustainability and anything and everything else they could think of to win a few votes.

It appears there will be few or no campaign events and stops in our state now.

Romney, who was endorsed by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., still may breeze through before the June 5 vote. Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, said he’s in the race through the convention, so he may make an appearance.¬†Who knows what’s up with former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who admitted this weekend Romney was close to wrapping it up.

SD political junkies, writers and politicians hoped against hope we would see a repeat of four years ago, but it didn’t happen. Should we stick with a late primary or shift to an early one, despite the cost, in an effort to have a say in the presidential process?