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Santorum quits Republican presidential race

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Former US senator Rick Santorum has dropped out of the race to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in November’s election.

It leaves Mitt Romney as the overwhelming favourite to take on Barack Obama later this year.

“We decided to enter this race at our kitchen table and we made a decision over the weekend that this presidential race for us is over…we will suspend our campaign effective today,” Santorum said on Tuesday.

Santorum was lagging Romney in opinion polls and in the fight for the 1,144 party delegates needed to win the nomination.

A devout Catholic with seven children, Santorum failed to stretch his appeal far enough beyond conservatives and some blue-collar Republicans to be able to overtake Romney.

Santorum did not say if he would endorse Romney or the other two Republican candidates, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, both of whom are way behind former Massachusetts governor Romney.