February 7th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney suspends campaign vs. dropping out

WASHINGTON (CNN) Suspending a campaign has a different meaning depending on the party.

On the Republican side, decisions on how to allocate delegates is left to the state parties.

On the Democratic side, a candidate who "suspends" is technically still a candidate, so he or she keeps both district and statewide delegates won through primaries and caucuses. Superdelegates are always free to support any candidate at any time, whether the candidate drops out, suspends or stays in.

National party rules say that a candidate who "drops out" keeps any district-level delegates he or she has won so far but loses any statewide delegates he or she has won.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Loyal Romney supporter

    I understand why he did it, but I thought all along ROMNEY was the best candidate. I don't feel comfortable voting for McCain unless Romney is on the ticket.

    February 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Nomad

    Where did he use the word "suspend"???? Not in any of the speech excerpts I've read.

    February 7, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Todd

    I am 19 and I have a few things to say about the democratic campaign. The latino vote is favoring Hilary Because they remember Bill before Bush came to office and mess things up, the Latinos need to know that Bill's presidency is not goin to be the same as hilary's. As I recall hilary fought her husband on alot of issues when he was in presidency. It's a camouflaged fact, that no one is seeing. Hilary and Bill are too different in many ways and how do we know if bill is just doing this in the favor of his wife. We need answers, thanks.

    February 7, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |