GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Bowing to the inevitable after an improbably resilient run for the White House, Rick Santorum quit the presidential race on Tuesday, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.
“We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” he said.
Santorum, appearing with his family, told supporters that the battle to defeat President Barack Obama would go on but pointedly made no mention or endorsement of Romney, whom he had derided as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP.
The former Pennsylvania senator stressed that he’d taken his presidential bid farther than anyone expected, calling his campaign “as improbable as any race that you will ever see for president.”
“Against all odds,” he said, “we won 11 states, millions of voters, millions of votes.”
Santorum signaled his intent to maintain a voice in the campaign to come, saying: “This game is a long, long, long way from over. We will continue to go out and fight and defeat President Barack Obama.”
Santorum spoke with Romney before the announcement, a Republican source close to the campaign said, and Romney asked to meet him sometime in the future
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UPDATE: Victim, shooter identified
Officials have identified Kara Elizabeth Croop, 33, as the victim is this morning's shooting. It appears that her husband, Scott Croop, 39, shot her in the street outside of their home on the 400 block of Cookston Lane before shooting himself. Scott was pronounced dead on the scene, while Kara was severely wounded and transported to a Dallas hospital.
UPDATE: Kara, Scott had filed for divorce in November of 2013
A shooting incident that occurred Friday morning in the middle of a Royse City residential street left a man dead and a woman seriously wounded.
UPDATE: Final numbers in
We'll be bringing you live election results throughout the night from races throughout Hunt County.
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