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Santorum suspends GOP presidential campaign

Apr 10th, 2012 - National News

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bowing to the inevitable, Rick Santorum quit the presidential campaign today, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.

Santorum, appearing with his wife and family in his home state of Pennsylvania, told supporters the race for him was over, but the fight to defeat President Barack Obama would go on.

Santorum made no mention of Romney, and stressed that he'd gone farther than anyone expected, competing "against all odds."

The delegate totals told the tale of Santorum's demise. Romney has more than twice as many delegates as Santorum and is on pace to reach the number needed to clinch the nomination - 1,144 - by early June. Still in the race, but not considered a factor: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is congratulating Rick Santorum on his presidential campaign -- after Santorum's announcement today that he's suspending that campaign.

Romney called Santorum "an able and worthy competitor."

In a statement, Romney said Santorum has "proven himself to be an important voice" in the Republican Party and in the nation.

Santorum, during his announcement in Pennsylvania today, made no mention or endorsement of Romney. He has described the former Massachusetts governor as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP.

But he said he will "continue to go out and fight and defeat President Barack Obama."

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