Santorum Dropping Out of 2012 Presidential Race

Published 04/10 2012 02:10PM

Updated 04/24 2012 09:48PM

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is getting out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Santorum made the announcement Tuesday during a press conference. In recent months, Santorum became the prime challenger to fellow GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The announcement comes just weeks before primaries in New York and Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania.

Political analyst Curt Smith says Santorum's decision seals the deal for Mitt Romney as the likely GOP candidate.

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