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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