Leaders from the educational, political and legal communities remembered Mitt Romney in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gov. Mitt Romney is a great Republican who ran a strong campaign. He made the most magnanimous of political gestures today by putting his country and his party before himself. This says more about an individual's character and priorities than anything else. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.

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I'm all for staying in there and fighting till the end in sports, but Romney's move will reduce divisiveness among Republicans. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.

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I and many Utahns are saddened by the news that Mitt Romney will not be our next president of the United States but proud of the class with which he ran and ended his campaign. He made an important mark in conservative politics and religion in America and will continue to be a major figure for as long as I can see.Kirk Jowers, director of University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and head of Romney's Commonwealth PAC

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Mitt Romney has been a great friend for many years. I was close to his parents George and Lenore Romney. I'm very proud of Mitt. He has proven to be a tremendous candidate, and he and his lovely wife, Ann, together with their five sons represent the best in America.Jon Huntsman Sr., a national finance co-chairman for Romney

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Mitt Romney's service to our country does not end with this presidential campaign. ... And I know Mitt well enough to know that he will do everything he can to help the Republican Party be successful in this pivotal election year. We need his voice and his energy, and I am confident both will play an important role in the months and years to come. — Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah

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I'm saddened at his exit, but I respect his decision. I bet Gov. Romney still has some exciting things ahead of him, and so it will be interesting to see what the future holds. I certainly don't think we've seen the last of Mitt Romney. — Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah

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It's a sad day. It's tough. It's tough. ... You put time and effort into this and you want to see your guy do well, and there's nothing I wouldn't do to get him elected. Nobody likes to say it's better to step aside.Spencer Zwick, Romney's national finance director

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He came up a little bit short, but here's a man who didn't really have any national name identification ... and he really came very close to becoming the party's nominee. — Utah Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert

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I would say it's been a reasonably capable campaign but certainly not an inspired campaign.Tom De Luca, political science professor at Fordham University

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It was inevitable. If he wants to live to fight another day in a way that is viable, he needs to step aside."Rick Wilson, Republican strategist who isn't affiliated with any campaign

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Obviously, we're all disappointed that Mitt Romney would withdraw from the presidential race. He did a couple of things that were really, really important. One of those is he brought forward an agenda of leadership that I think the coutnry finally started to recognize in the end ... . He also put to bed the Mormon issue." — Utah Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem

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I'm disappointed about his withdrawl, but that is one of the realities of poltics. There were a lot of good people in the race and only one can bubble to the top. ... I won't say that it was because of religion. But his religion and he were looked at more than all the others in the booth put tgeother, and he represented himself well." — House Speaker Greg Curtis, R-Sandy

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I think that's good for the party and that's good for the country to begin focusing on the next step.Those that follow Utah politics recognize a few legislators prefer to speak plainly, and McCain's ability to talk straight, I find that refreshing." — Utah Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble, R-Provo, who switched his support last year from Romney to McCain

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"This is a two-man race for the nomination, and I am committed to marching on," he said in a statement. "As a true authentic, consistent, conservative, I have a vision to bring hope, opportunity and prosperity to all Americans, and I'd like to ask for and welcome the support of those who had previously been committed to Mitt." — GOP pesidential contender Mike Huckabee in a statement to the media

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"I don't think he has poisoned the well" for a future run."Scott McLean, chairman of the political science department at Quinnipiac University