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Santorum drops out of GOP race

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Rick Santorum announces to supporters in Gettysburg, PA, that he is dropping out of the GOP race for the White House. (Source: CNN) Rick Santorum announces to supporters in Gettysburg, PA, that he is dropping out of the GOP race for the White House. (Source: CNN)
Bella Santorum, 3, suffers from a disease that causes a myriad of health issues. She was cited as one of the reasons Santorum decided to drop out of the race. (Source: Rick Santorum) Bella Santorum, 3, suffers from a disease that causes a myriad of health issues. She was cited as one of the reasons Santorum decided to drop out of the race. (Source: Rick Santorum)

GETTYSBURG, PA (RNN) - In a town well known as the backdrop of the Civil War's most famous battle, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum announced Tuesday he has dropped out of the race to win the White House.

CNN made the announcement just before a rally was to have been held there. Instead, the event became a news conference to announce he would suspend his campaign with his daughter's health in mind.

"We made the decision to get in this race at our kitchen table, against all odds, and we made a decision over this weekend that, while this presidential race is over for me ... we will continue to fight," he said.

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 developmental problems and a number of ongoing health issues.

"I want to thank all of you across the country for what you have given," he told supporters. "This game is a long, long, long way from over. We're going to continue to go out there and fight so we [Republicans] defeat President Barack Obama ... and stand for the values that make us Americans."

Rumors had swirled that Santorum might step out of the race as front-runner, as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to pick up speed. The speculation was fueled by Bella'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 CNN.

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

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

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