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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Republican Convention is coming up in May. Senator Rick Santorum dropped out of the race for the White House Tuesday.

Many Oklahoma voters now want to know what happens to Santorum's Oklahoma delegates.

Oklahoma is one of eleven primary contests Santorum won. Right now, 14 Oklahoma delegates are pledged to Santorum. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney each scored 13 delegates.

Oklahoma Republican Party Vice Chair Pam Pollard said, "Their vote is still going to count. Their vote still matters. Right now, those 14 delegates are still bound to Santorum until he releases them. If he does, they will be free to vote for whichever candidate they choose at the national convention."

Santorum will not be the Republican nominee for President, however there's a chance a handful of Oklahoma delegates will still cast their vote for Santorum.

Pollard said, "It very well could be a vote for principle and to send a message to the convention that we are strongly supporting Sen. Santorum. Even though he's not in the race, we may cast our vote for Sen. Santorum."

The Oklahoma delegates will be set at the May 12 State Republican Convention.

Many Republicans are watching and waiting to see if Santorum might still be on the ticket but as the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.