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February 11, 2016

Cain Endorses Gingrich; Santorum’s Daughter Hospitalized

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed former Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination at a surprise appearance in Florida tonight, multiple news outlets reported.

“I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States,” Cain said at a Palm Beach County Republican party event in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Cain, who at one point had been the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, dropped out of the race in December after repeated reports of sexual misconduct.

Also tonight, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) announced that he was suspending Sunday campaign events in Florida because his daughter Isabella had been checked into Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The 3-year-old suffers from Trisomy 18, a genetic condition that creates significant developmental disabilities.

The campaign said Santorum, “intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule as soon as is possible.”

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