Chart shows percentage of total statements/quotes that are Positive to Romney and Positive to Santorum in the past month.

Percentage of total statements that were positive about Santorum increased from 2% on April 8th to 9% on April 11. This occurred due to Santorum’s exit from the race on April 10th. Prior to his exit announcement, Santorum had fallen off the map in late March. Immediately afterward, Santorum briefly received a higher percentage of positive sentiment than Mitt Romney. This increase was due in part to Romney himself. Romney congratulated him on a good effort and a strong campaign. These statements were amplified by the print media. Many outside analysts echoed Romney’s thoughts, giving accolades to the Santorum campaign for making it so far on such a small budget. Many political strategists and academics also commended Santorum for deciding to drop out of the race prior to the Pennsylvania primary, where many said a loss there would hurt Santorum beyond 2012.