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NEW INFO: Rick Santorum Dropping Out Of Race

Rick Santorum is suspending his bid for the White House.

The former Pennsylvania senator made the announcement at a press conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Santorum says the illness of his daughter made him rethink his campaign plans. He said the decision was made this past weekend.

The announcement clears a path for Mitt Romney to become the Republican nominee.

Newt Gingrich, who is campaigning in New Bern, tells WITN News that he is continuing his fight for the White House. While the former speaker hasn't spoken to Santorum, he said he'd love to have his endorsement.

“I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice," Gingrich told reporters.

In a statement, Romney said Santorum has "proven himself to be an important voice" in the Republican Party and in the nation.

Santorum, during his announcement in Pennsylvania today, made no mention or endorsement of Romney. He has described the former Massachusetts governor as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP.

But he said he will "continue to go out and fight and defeat President Barack Obama."


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