Santorum Suspends Campaign

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Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he is suspending his campaign for president, the Associated Press reports.

Santorum has long held a distant second in the race for the republican presidential nomination. He showed unexpected momentum early in the year, positioning himself as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney and pushing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich into irrelevancy. However, the former Pennsylvania senator has won less than half of the delegates of his main rival, Mitt Romney.

With Santroum's exit, Romney is on track to win the Republican nomination in the coming months, although Gingrich and Texas senator Ron Paul are still active in the race.

"Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation," said Romney in a statement. "We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity."

ABC News reports that influential GOP leaders such as George H.W. Bush and Sen. Jim DeMint have been encouraging Santorum to suspend his campaign and pledge support to Romney.

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