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Tuesday, April 10,2012

Rick Santorum suspends presidential campaign

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Rick Santorum, under pressure to bow out of the presidential race, suspended his campaign Tuesday, saying he wants to devote more time to his ailing 3-year-old daughter Bella.

Her hospitalization over the weekend became “a time for prayer and thought,” Santorum told supporters in Gettysburg, Pa., his wife Karen and three of his older children behind him. That caused him and his wife to think about “the role we have as parents in her life,” Santorum said.

The confluence of a sagging campaign, the possibility of losing his home state in two weeks and the continuing illness of his daughter combined to create a moment in which Santorum decided to give up his increasingly long-shot pursuit of Mitt Romney.

Bella, who was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, was released from the hospital Monday after a bout with pneumonia. It was not the first time she has been hospitalized during this campaign.

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