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Source: Reuters

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@Reuters: FLASH: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to announce he will drop out of race - sources familiar with the decision.

Santorum pulls out of U.S. presidential race

Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:28pm EDT

By Patricia Zengerle

GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - U.S. conservative Rick Santorum dropped out of his presidential campaign on Tuesday after falling far behind front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination.

The former senator from Pennsylvania said he was suspending his campaign, effectively ending his bid to be the Republican who will face President Barack Obama in the November 6 general election.

"We will never be a country that can go forward as a great and powerful country again unless we remember who we are and what makes us Americans. That's what our campaign was about," Santorum said in Gettysburg, near the Civil War battle site.

Santorum was lagging Romney in opinion polls and in the fight for the 1,144 party delegates needed to win the nomination.

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Rick Santorum Drops Out: GOP Presidential Candidate Suspends 2012 Campaign

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In a surprise decision Tuesday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) will announce that he is suspending his presidential campaign, The Huffington Post's Jon Ward has learned and several other outlets have reported.

The Pennsylvania Republican had taken a break from the campaign trail for several days to tend to his ailing daughter, Bella. He had pledged to continue campaigning through the upcoming Pennsylvania primary. But the combination of his daughter's sickness and recent poll numbers showing him possibly losing his home state apparently prompted the early departure.

The announcement is expected to come during an address in Gettysburg, Penn. According to Yahoo! News, Santorum called Mitt Romney earlier in the day to inform him of his decision to suspend his campaign.

Santorum's decision removes any lingering doubt that Romney will end up the Republican presidential nominee. The former Massachusetts Governor held a seemingly insurmountable delegate lead prior to Santorum's departure, though his campaign was planning on spending between one and two million dollars against Santorum in Pennsylvania.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8341DU20120410?irpc=932

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