Rick Santorum Drops Out of Race

The Washington Post reports that Rick Santorum has officially suspended his presidential campaign, which essentially concedes the GOP nomination to wealthy talking hairpiece Mitt Romney. Santorum lost to Romney in Wisconsin, Maryland, and D.C. over the past three weeks, and his campaign (as well as Romney's approach to his most formidable opponent) has shifted in recent weeks in the wake of his three-year-old daughter's illness.

Santorum is expected to officially withdraw at his campaign event in Gettysburg, Pa., in the next few minutes. The Post has a live video feed for anyone interested in making a few final dirty jokes. It was a good run.

UPDATE: Here's video of Santorum's concession speech. From what we saw, not a single Santorum shed a tear.

[WaPo, Photo: Getty]