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Rick Santorum Exits Presidential Race, Clearing Key Hurdle for Romney — and Likely Reducing TV Spending in Coming Months

Apr 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum announced today that he is suspending his underdog campaign, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to snag the Republican nomination, The New York Times reports.

The move virtually assures Romney of the GOP nomination and is likely to cut spending on TV spots and other media in the months leading up to the conventions and the general election.

Said Santorum: “We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting.”

The report adds: “Mr. Santorum made the announcement at a stop in his home state of Pennsylvania after a weekend in which he tended to his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, who had been hospitalized with pneumonia.

“Mr. Santorum, who was holding back tears, did not exactly specify why he was ending his presidential bid. He referred to his daughter’s illness, but said she was making great progress and was back home after being hospitalized over the weekend.”

Santorum made no mention of Romney during his 12-minute speech, the story notes.

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