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Rick Santorum Dropping Out of Presidential Race

| by Michael Allen

TheHill.com reports that Republican Rick Santorum will drop out of the GOP presidential race on Tuesday afternoon.

This will be Santorum's first public appearance following the release of his daughter from the hospital. Santorum insisted numerous times that he would participate in Pennsylvania and Texas primaries. He also claimed that it was God's will for him to run for president.

Santorum's decision surprised to many Pennsylvania supporters, including Jeff Smith, chairman of the Butler County Republican Committee, who said the campaign was continuing as of Monday night: "Here on the ground, the troops are still ready to go."

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) remain in the race, but are unlikely to catch frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has 661 delegates, according to the Associated Press. Santorum has 285, Gingrich has 136 and Paul has 51.