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Rick Santorum campaign suspension gets mixed reactions

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- Today is the biggest day so far in the race for the White House.

We know, almost for sure, it's Mitt Romney who will go up against President Obama this fall. 

Today Santorum suspended his presidential campaign, ceding the nomination to Romney, and the news is garnering mixed reactions from those in Rochester.

It was the state that started it all, in December, Rick Santorum shared his "Faith, Family and Freedom message in Mason City and he went on to win the Iowa Caucuses.

In February Santorum visited Rochester, winning Minnesota by a wide margin.

But after months of campaigning and claiming 11 states, Santorum stepped down.

Rick Santorum says, "While this presidential race for us is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting."

Santorum says his daughter bella's illness forced him and his wife to question the strain on their family. Polls also show his lead shrinking.

The next primary is in Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania.

Milt Smith says, "It's not a surprise but it's about time and I think it's primarily because he didn't want to be embarrassed by losing in Pennsylvania."

Many viewed him as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.

Alex Kriss says, "Certainly I'm interested in someone that is familiar with our economy and knows how to run this country because it's not being run very well at the moment and I think he would've done a good job."

Republican voters for Santorum could turn to Romney now.

Charles Reynolds says, "I like his (Romney's) platform and of course taxes, health care, and all of that factors into my decision."

But whatever side of the political spectrum you're on, some are ready for the election.

Mary Ayshford says, "I think it's time for the Romney and Obama discussions to start."

Up next is the April 24th primary in Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania.

In the last est national poll President Obama leads Romney by 7 points: 51 to 44.

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