Santorum drops out of presidential race

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Rick Santorum says presidential race `is over for me' and suspends campaign.

Mitt Romney congratulated Rick Santorum on his presidential campaign after Santorum's announcement today that he is suspending that campaign.

Romney called Santorum "an able and worthy competitor."

In a statement, Romney said Santorum has "proven himself to be
an important voice" in the Republican Party and in the nation.

Santorum, during his announcement in Pennsylvania today, made no
mention or endorsement of Romney.

He has described the former Massachusetts governor as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP.

But he said he will "continue to go out and fight and defeat President Barack Obama."

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