Santorum to Suspend Campaign

He announced the decision Tuesday afternoon.

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Rick Santorum (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Rick Santorum plans to suspend his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, he announced on Tuesday. The decision makes it very likely that Mitt Romney will become the party's candidate to challenge President Barack Obama:

From USA Today:

Santorum is set to speak to reporters shortly in Gettysburg, Pa. It is his first campaign event since taking time off for the Easter holiday and to deal with the hospitalization of his youngest daughter, Bella.

Santorum's campaign was tight-lipped about the candidate's future before the event, but there were signs that the end could be coming. The conference room reserved for the event was small and there were last-minute cancellations of other events in the state.

Santorum has been unable to translate votes from Tea Party members, the most conservative voters, and evangelicals into a coalition that could sustain him for more than a few primaries.

Check The Root for a recap of the press conference.

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