Santorum's Ala. Delegates Will Unite With Nominee

Montgomery, AL – The winner of Alabama's Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum, hasn't released his 22 Alabama delegates to support another candidate. But delegates say they expect to unite behind Mitt Romney if he locks up the GOP nomination.

Delegates said they don't want the party to get divided and lose sight of beating Democratic President Barack Obama in November.

Delegate Kenny Dean of Birmingham, who was Santorum's grass-roots coordinator in Alabama, said the most important thing is removing Obama from the White House.

Another Santorum delegate, former state party chairman Elbert Peters of Huntsville, said Republicans want to beat Obama, and Mitt Romney will be the option for doing that if he secures the GOP nomination.

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