Santorum announced his decision Tuesday morning after a recent hospitalization of his 3-year-old daughter who suffers from a rare chromosomal disorder. Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign effectively stifles the opposition to Romney from within the GOP.
"We will never be a country that can go forward as a great and powerful country again unless we remember who we are and what makes us Americans. That's what our campaign was about. About what made us Americans. How we built this country from the bottom up, and how if we were going to be successful in the future, how we must believe in ourselves and believe in that ability to go forward and do the same thing."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Representative Ron Paul remain active candidates, though neither of them have a plausible path to winning the more than 1,100 delegates needed to secure the nomination.