(POLITICO) Rick Santorum announced Tuesday afternoon that he is ending his campaign for the presidency, effectively closing out the GOP primary season and cementing Mitt Romney’s status as his party’s presumptive nominee.

Santorum’s announcement comes several days after his youngest daughter, Bella, was hospitalized with a chronic and serious medical condition. The campaign said last night that she had been released from the hospital and Santorum was set to resume his campaign schedule today.

But in Gettysburg, Pa., today, Santorum said that his family had conferred over the weekend and concluded that it was time to bring his White House bid to a close.

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