Rick Santorum Suspends His Campaign For The Republican Presidential Nomination

Source: Tom Cohen / CNN

Washington – Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after a weekend of “prayer and thought.”

The development means that Mitt Romney is now the certain GOP nominee to take on President Barack Obama in November, as Santorum was his main challenger. While Romney still needs to win several hundred delegates to clinch the nomination, Santorum’s departure from the race leaves his path unhindered.

Santorum had canceled two events earlier Tuesday while adding an afternoon event that turned out to be his withdrawal announcement.

Hogan Gidley, the campaign’s communications director, said the two morning events were canceled to allow Santorum and his wife, Karen, to “settle in at home” with 3-year-old daughter Isabella after her weekend hospitalization.

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