Rick Santorum Suspends Campaign for GOP Nomination

Romney, Paul, Gingrich Last Three Standing in Republican Race

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said today that he is suspending his bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. He made the announcement from a news conference in Gettysburg, Penn., this afternoon.

Mr. Santorum has trailed former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in primary contests for the delegates needed for their party's nomination. Mr. Santorum's home state holds its primary election on April 24.

Mr. Santorum, 53, presented himself as the leading voice for voters motivated by their opposition to abortion rights, gay marriage and other social issues. He also said he was better suited to take on President Barack Obama because of his longstanding opposition to the health-care law that the president pushed through Congress.

Mr. Romney, 65, signed a Massachusetts statute that contained a mandate to purchase health-care coverage similar to the one included in Mr. Obama's law, which the Supreme Court is weighing on constitutional grounds.

Mr. Romney has collected more than half the delegates needed for nomination at the party's convention in August and more than twice the number that Mr. Santorum has.

The other two candidates remaining in the race are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

--Bloomberg News

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