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Some of Ron­ald Rea­gan’s big­gest fans are call­ing for Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hopeful Mitt Rom­ney to drop out of the race, an edict usu­ally re­served for his three main ri­vals. Af­ter Mr. Rom­ney emerged in third place fol­low­ing the Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama pri­maries, the cli­mate has changed, they say.

“Talk of Rom­ney’s in­evitable nom­i­na­tion has been si­lenced. In 15 pri­mary con­tests, Rom­ney has av­er­aged 38.4 per­cent. He is in no way a uni­fy­ing can­di­date. Rather, he is di­vi­sive and out­side the main­stream,” says Diana Ban­is­ter of Cit­i­zens for the Repub­lic, a grass-roots group founded by “Rea­gan stal­warts,” in­clud­ing Ed­win Meese III, Peter Han­naford and Craig Shirley.

“For the sake of the party of Rea­gan, Rom­ney should al­low the re­main­ing con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates to cam­paign for the nom­i­na­tion,” Ms. Ban­is­ter con­tin­ues, not­ing that Mr. Rom­ney’s so-so show­ing in the South proves “he is dis­trusted by the heart and soul of the party” and that’s he’s failed to per­suade con­ser­va­tives that he’s “one of us,” she adds.

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