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Santorum backs former rival Romney

Rick Santorum has endorsed his one-time bitter rival Mitt Romney in a late-night email to his supporters.

Mr Santorum on Monday urged his supporters to join him in working with the effective Republican presidential nominee to deny President Barack Obama a second term.

In his message, Mr Santorum reminded his supporters of areas where he disagreed with Mr Romney during their slog of a primary battle.

Yet Mr Santorum said that, in his words, "above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated."

During their contest, Mr Santorum bitterly clashed with Mr Romney. At one point, Mr Santorum called Mr Romney the worst Republican in the country to challenge Mr Obama.

The two met on Friday at the office of Mr Santorum's strategist, and Mr Romney sought to assure Mr Santorum of his conservative credentials.

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