Rick Santorum Drops Out of GOP Presidential Race

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Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign in a press conference today, after taking the weekend off to spend with his three-year-old daughter. Bella, who has Trisomy 18, had contracted pneumonia and was released from the hospital Monday.

"We made the decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for us, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting," Santorum said to a press conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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March 26, 2012 - Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. - Former Republican Presidential Candidate RICK SANTORUM held a press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as the court began three days of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. (Credit Image: © Pete Marovich/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Santorum's announcement makes front-runner Mitt Romney all but certain to become the GOP candidate for president; according to the Wall Street Journal, it marks "the unofficial end of the GOP race." Though Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still in the race, Gingrich on Sunday told Brit Home of Fox News that Romney will most likely be the Republican nominee.

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