Santorum Suspends Campaign… Romney Clear To Be GOP Standard Bearer… Game on for General

After 3-year old daughter Bella’s illness Santorum suspends campaign for his daughter’s health and family.

AP PhotoRick Santorum, the only real possible challenge to Romney, suspended his campaign just minutes ago after a 309-day campaign.  With his family behind him, he announced that after a meeting at the kitchen table, just like they had when they decided to get into the race, Rick, his wife Karen and the kids decided that this was the time to leave the race.

Rick Santorum spoke to supporters in Mars, Pa., on the night of the Wisconsin primary.

Stephanie Strasburg for The New York Times

Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party’s conservative standard-bearer in the fall.

“We made the decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said during a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “We will continue to fight for those voices for those Americans who stood up and gave us that air under our wings.”

“Against all odds,” he said, “we won 11 states, millions of voters, millions of votes.”

Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, said the past weekend was a “time of prayer and thought” as he and his family cared for his daughter Isabella.

Santorum’s organization announced they were halting campaign events on Friday because the candidate’s three-year-old daughter Bella was admitted to the hospital. Bella, the youngest of Santorum’s seven children, suffers from a rare chromosomal disorder called Trisomy 18, which causes severe medical and developmental problems.

Before the official suspension, Santorum held a conference call with his wife, Karen, campaign manager and staff, according to a source. He said the decision was based on personal and political factors, according to a Santorum source.

He also spoke with Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, according to a GOP source close to the campaign. Romney asked to meet him sometime in the future.

(CNN) – Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney released a statement shortly after opponent Rick Santorum announced a suspension to his campaign on Tuesday, praising Santorum for his presidential bid.

“Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity,” Romney said in the statement.

The delegate totals tells the tale of Santorum’s demise. Romney has more than twice as many delegates as Santorum and is on pace to reach the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination by early June. Still in the race, but not considered a factor: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Newt Gingrich was not given a heads-up before Santorum’s speech. He immediately jumped in after Santorum’s speech to say he was not dropping out, but he had already appeared on TV the past few days saying he knew he could not win and was just in to be part of the platform decision making process.

Dems seek Romney financial docsIt is now time for the party to heal and come together.  Time to change focus… game on for the general!!  Time to focus on beating Obama and turning our country around.

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