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Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday afternoon.

The decision leaves Sen. John McCain of Arizona as the top man standing in the Republican race, with Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul far behind in the delegate hunt.

Romney, 60, who had vowed to press on despite disappointing results in Tuesday's primary contests, made the announcement at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

In a speech that touched on the messages of his campaign, Romney said he had come to his decision to help unify the Republican Party, and he charged that Democratic candidates would not pursue the war in Iraq.

"Because I love America in this time of war, I feel I have to stand aside for our party and our country," he said.

For more information see today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Subscribers can read the story here on ArkansasOnline.

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