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April 11, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Politics Writer
MANHEIM, Pa. - The news had already spread through the Pennsylvania heartland, but still they arrived three, four, even five hours early, to see to the only man in the presidential race whom they believe shares their values. Many supporters of Rick Santorum, in line to hear his first extended post-campaign speech Tuesday evening, said they will vote - unenthusiastically - for Mitt Romney against President Obama in the fall. But a few said they simply didn't know what to do. "I have to really pray about that," said Irene Alleman, 80, who stood for hours in the biting wind outside the chapel at Lancaster Bible College, where Santrom was to speak.
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April 10, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Amy Worden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
GETTYSBURG - Bowing to the math of the moment, Rick Santorum suspended his ailing presidential campaign today, ensuring Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee in November. "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," the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania announced in a speech here. Santorum's surprise move came one day after his disabled daughter Bella was released from a hospital in Virginia, where Santorum now lives.
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April 10, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuckand Amy Worden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Now it's Romney vs. Obama. With that in mind and a bruising primary fight finally behind him, Mitt Romney bathed in the praise Tuesday night of a cheering crowd of Chester County Republicans - finally, their party's presidential nominee in all but name. Hours earlier, Rick Santorum, the former Massachusetts governor's last significant GOP rival, suspended his campaign amid a family health crisis and a growing chorus calls from party leaders for him to drop out of the race.
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April 10, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Politics Writer
If Mitt Romney secures the Republican presidential nomination, he might want to start worrying about whether Rick Santorum is going to give him the John McCain treatment. Twice in the 2008 primaries, as McCain was closing in on the nomination, Santorum took to his newspaper column to trash him as moderate. McCain "has too often joined the very people who seek to destroy and replace what we fight to conserve and improve," Santorum wrote. "And so we wonder: Is this the man we can trust to take our case to the American people?"
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April 8, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the common thinking goes, Philadelphia's suburbs are home to just the sort of moderate Republican who is comfortable with Mitt Romney: well-educated, well-off, and well-disposed to his business background. But if Romney's last major challenger, Rick Santorum, is to secure the home-state primary win he describes as crucial to his campaign, the former Pennsylvania senator can't afford to count those suburbs out. So far, local Republican leaders say, Santorum has shown signs of doing just that.
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April 8, 2012 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The ill daughter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been taken to the hospital. Santorum's campaign said Friday that 3-year-old Bella had been returned to the hospital. She has the rare genetic condition Trisomy 18 and was hospitalized earlier this year with pneumonia, prompting Santorum to take a campaign break before the Florida primary. The campaign did not identify the hospital or say why her parents took Bella there. Spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a written statement, "The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery.
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April 6, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - The ill daughter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been taken to the hospital. Santorum's campaign said Friday that 3-year-old Bella had been returned to the hospital. She has the rare genetic condition Trisomy 18 and was hospitalized earlier this year with pneumonia. Santorum's campaign did not identify the hospital or elaborate on why her parents took Bella there. The former Pennsylvania senator is spending a few days off the campaign trail for Easter.
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April 6, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum met privately with conservative leaders on Thursday to craft plans to try to stop Mitt Romney's march to the nomination. Pressuring rival Newt Gingrich to leave the race was part of their overall strategy. The northern Virginia meeting included a host of fiscal and social conservatives who have long doubted Romney's conservative credentials. "Like halftime at a football game, you go into the locker room to gauge what has been working and what hasn't," meeting participant Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, said in a statement.
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April 6, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Republican primary season so far has been any indication, Pennsylvanians should be expecting three weeks of never-ending, eyeball-straining political attack ads as the GOP presidential contest arrives here in advance of the April 24 vote. But don't change that channel just yet. Turns out that Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and the super political action committees backing their candidacies have not yet shelled out the dough for ad time here at the rate seen when they carpet-bombed earlier primary states such as Florida and Wisconsin.
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