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Santorum drops out of presidential race

GETTYSBURG, PA (WWBT) - Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday afternoon.

"This presidential race is over for me; we will suspend our campaign.. But we will continue to fight," Santorum said at a press conference in Gettysburg, Penn. "

It was to be his first campaign event after his 3-year-old daughter Bella was released from the hospital Monday night. Bella suffers from a rare congenital condition called Trisomy 18. The disease causes victims to develop an extra chromosome which could lead to developmental problems and a number of ongoing health issues.

"She is a fighter and she is doing exceptionally well," Santorum said. "This was a time for prayer and thought over this past weekend."

Rumors have swirled recently that Santorum might step out of the race as front-runner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to pick up speed. The speculation was fueled by his daughter's health issues, which have forced him to cancel campaign events twice before.

Santorum saw a number of wins across the country, with a number of Midwestern voters backing him. He had garnered an estimated 252 delegates while Romney ran ahead with an estimated 645 delegates, according to CBS News.

The candidates need 1,144 to secure the Republican nomination for the White House.

A recent poll from the American Research Group put him just behind Romney when pit against Pres. Barack Obama with 37 percent for him as opposed to 41 percent for Romney.

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