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BREAKING: Rick Santorum Suspends Campaign

By Alex Seitz-Wald and Igor Volsky  

"BREAKING: Rick Santorum Suspends Campaign"

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Facing mounting pressure and the prospect of an embarrassing loss in his home state of Pennsylvania next week, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the presidency today.

“We made a decision over the weekend that this presidential race is over for me,” he said at a press conference in Pennsylvania moments ago. “We will suspend our campaign effective today.”

Mitt Romney will now almost certainly go on to win the nomination, though that outcome was projected by most observers after his recent victories gave him an insurmountable delegate lead. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and former Speaker Newt Gingrich are still in the race, with Gingrich vowing again to stay in until he GOP convention, though they have little chance of winning any upcoming races.

Santorum did not endorse Romney or any other candidate, though there are reports that Romney and Santorum spoke on the phone.

Santorum made a name for himself on the campaign trail by peddling a series of wacky claims about gay people, women, and the role of religion in government. The former senator infamously compared same-sex marriage to inanimate objects like napkins and basketballs, promised to annul all same-sex marriages, and defended his support for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by arguing that gay soldiers would disrupt the military because “they’re in close quarters” with straight servicemembers.

Santorum also called President Obama a “snob” for urging kids to get educated, argued (falsely) that California universities “don’t even teach an American history course,” said President Kennedy’s speech on religion made him want to “throw up,” and said that states should be able to outlaw contraception.

Santorum pledged to preach about “the dangers of contraception in this country,” if elected president. Fortunately, the country will be spared his sermons for the foreseeable future.

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