WASHINGTON (WUSA/AP) - Republican presidential candidate hopeful Rick Santorum held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to announce he was ending his campaign.
Santorum, appearing with his wife and family in his home state of Pennsylvania, told supporters the race for him was over, but the fight to defeat President Barack Obama would go on.
Santorum made no mention of rival Mitt Romney, and stressed that he'd gone farther than anyone expected, competing "against all odds."
Santorum first addressed the hospitalization and recovery of his 3-year-old daughter Bella, saying that "we had a difficult week." He told the crowd that Bella "is a fighter and is doing exceptionally well."
Santorum then shared fond moments from his campaign, what prompted him to start his campaign and the spirit of his campaign.
He said that because of the support of voters, he found "a deeper love of this country."
Santorum then said that after a discussion with his family around the table this weekend, he decided to end his campaign. He said the race was over for him but that he would continue to help Republicans "defeat President Obama."
The delegate totals told the tale of Santorum's demise. Romney has more
than twice as many delegates as Santorum and is on pace to reach the
number needed to clinch the nomination - 1,144 - by early June. Still
in the race, but not considered a factor: former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.