(CNN) - Rick Santorum's decision to drop out of the Republican presidential race came after he spent the holiday weekend evaluating the race with his family, who were grappling with the latest hospitalization of his 3-year-old daughter Bella.
Santorum's path to the nomination hinged on three puzzle pieces falling neatly in place, multiple sources close to the campaign told CNN, a prospect that grew dimmer with each passing day.
West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) – In his first big trip of the second fund-raising quarter, President Barack Obama hauled in at least $1.75 million at three fund-raisers in Florida on Tuesday.
At all three campaign events - and during his one official event at Florida Atlantic University - the president told supporters that this election will feature one of the starkest contrasts in history between any two candidates running for president.
(CNN) - Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, weighed in on Rick Santorum's exist from the presidential race on Tuesday, saying he expects the Republican Party to unite behind Mitt Romney in the coming weeks.
"I think time heals some wounds, and I also think over time, over the next several weeks, I think our party gets completely unified," Priebus said on CNN's "John King, USA."
(CNN) – Some leading social conservative groups are praising Rick Santorum following his suspension of his Republican presidential campaign. But their reaction Tuesday didn't mention Mitt Romney, the all-but-certain GOP nominee with Santorum out of the race.
That could spell trouble for Romney as he tries now tries to consolidate the Republican base by reaching out to the social conservative voters who backed Santorum and other candidates during the long and divisive battle for the nomination.
(CNN) – John Brabender, an adviser to Rick Santorum, gave more details Tuesday night about the hours leading up to Santorum’s announcement to suspend his presidential campaign.
In an interview on CNN’s “John King, USA,” Brabender said he called Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, Monday night to relay the news that Santorum would leave the race the following day.
(CNN) – He was one of Rick Perry's highest profile endorsers - before the Texas governor dropped out of the race in January - and now, he is lending his support to Mitt Romney.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his endorsement of Romney on Tuesday, the day former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania - Romney's closest competitor - dropped out of the race.
(CNN) – Hillary Clinton can often be found on the road checking her BlackBerry. When Moammar Gadhafi was caught by Libyan rebels last year, she was captured on tape receiving the news on her BlackBerry.
Now, the new online sensation, "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr, imagines what the secretary of State is chatting about.
(CNN) – Speaking publicly for the first time about Rick Santorum suspending his campaign, Mitt Romney on Tuesday night expressed relief over his former opponent's decision.
"This has been a, a good day for me," Romney said at a rally in Delaware, as a large crowd cheered him on. "Sen. Santorum has decided not to proceed with his campaign."
Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) – Without mentioning the names of his Republican rivals, President Barack Obama took his ideological opponents to task on Tuesday during a speech on Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University. Trumpeting themes of fairness and equal sacrifice, the president used facts and figures to argue that a continuation of current tax breaks to the nation's top-earners would be the wrong way to tackle the country's mounting debt.
"A lot of the folks who were peddling these trickle-down theories, including members of Congress and some people who are running for a certain office right now who shall not be named- they're doubling down on these old, broken down theories," the president said, pointing to the budget recently passed by House Republicans as an example.
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania threw his weight behind Mitt Romney on Tuesday, two weeks ahead of the state's presidential primary.
"I am proud to endorse Governor Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee for president. I am confident Gov. Romney will be a great president and will return our country to the conservative principles that make our nation great," Toomey said in a statement.