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Rick Santorum Dropping Out Of Presidential Bid

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has announced he is suspending his campaign.

Previously Santorum said he would not drop out until after the Pennsylvania primary.   His announcement came as a surprise to many. 

Santorum made the announcement in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.  Santorum formally informed Mitt Romney that he was dropping his bid.

Mitt Romney is the likely front runner to go against President Obama in November.  Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain in the race.  Gingrich has said he will stay in the race until the republican convention in Tampa Bay in August.

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

 Santorum did not endorse Romney in making his announcement Tuesday, though he did vow to fight to defeat President Obama and help Republicans win the Senate in the fall.

Santorum visited Steubenville twice during his run for the republican nomination.   He had a large number of conservative supporters from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Although Santorum did not carry Ohio, he used Steubenville as a backdrop to thank voters for support in what was a close call between Santorum and Romney.