Santorum suspends GOP presidential campaign
Updated: Updated 04/10/2012 05:47 PM
By: News 14 Carolina Web Staff & Associated Press
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Bowing to the inevitable, Rick Santorum quit the presidential campaign Tuesday, 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.
Romney congratulated Santorum on his campaign. In a statement Romney called Santorum an "able and worthy competitor."
Still in the race, but not considered factors: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
Gingrich, in New Bern on Tuesday, released a statement, saying, "Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles.
“I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice," Gingrich said, in the statement.
Gingrich also asked Santorum voters to visit his website and review his record.
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