Rick Santorum Suspends Campaign

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Rick Santorum suspended his campaign Tuesday, two weeks ahead of scheduled Republican primaries that included his home state of Pennsylvania.

Santorum announced his withdrawal from the race in Gettysburg, Pa., where he was originally scheduled to hold an event as he said that daughter Bella's illness was part of the reason he considered suspending the campaign.

"After a while it became less about my stories and more about ... your stories. Stories of people across America," Santorum said in a press conference.

A Santorum aide said Monday in a phone interview that the campaign was headed to Pennsylvania with the intention to win the state, survive April and "do what we need to do" in May to have the first brokered Republican convention since 1976.

Santorum and wife Karen spent the weekend at a hospital with their daughter, who has a severe genetic disorder. The campaign announced Monday that Bella would return home from the hospital with the former Pennsylvania senator.

"She is a fighter and she is doing exceptionally well," Santorum said, and added that he looked forward to spending time with his daughter.

Santorum's family flanked him at a podium as a large American flag hung in the background.

"Against all odds we won 11 states, millions of voters, million of votes," Santorum said.

While Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain in the race, Santorum's suspension will likely ensure Mitt Romney grabs the Republican nomination for president.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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