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In Illinois, Romney grinds away with attacks on Santorum
Miami Herald ^ | March 18, 2012 | Paul West

Posted on 03/18/2012 7:36:09 PM PDT by Pinkbell

CHICAGO -- In the latest indication that momentum is nonexistent in the Republican presidential contest, Mitt Romney won a victory in Puerto Rico on Sunday and worked toward another in Illinois on Tuesday, results that would quash Rick Santorum's efforts to build on primary successes last week in Alabama and Mississippi.

On Sunday, the candidates were traveling down very different campaign paths. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, made stops across Illinois, including in conservative areas downstate where Santorum is expected to show strength. Santorum, meantime, skipped ahead to campaign in Louisiana, which votes this weekend.

Until recently, Santorum appeared to have a good chance of winning Illinois, the second-most populous state to vote so far this year, behind Florida. He's urged his Illinois supporters to help him forge an upset that "can shake up this race like no state can shake it up" and turn the campaign "completely on its head."

But the Romney forces have been grinding Santorum down, as they have elsewhere, with nonstop attack ads that the underfinanced challenger appears powerless to overcome. Statewide polling that once showed a tight race is now tilting Romney's way.

Romney and the "super PAC" supporting him have spent more than $3.6 million on advertising in Illinois, compared with just over $500,000 for Santorum and his super PAC, according to figures provided by a Democratic source with access to media-buying information. Most of that money has gone into anti-Santorum ads in the Chicago media market, which reaches more than half of the Republican primary electorate.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: il2012; romney; santorum
Romney doing what Romney does best. It's amazing that Santorum is doing as well as he is with so little funds, and it's a testament to the voters not liking Romney that he can't put it away by outspending his opponents by large margins. I do hope that if he winds up with the nomination, though, he'll be as hard on Obama.

McCain is scheduled to campaign for Romney in the Chicago area on Monday. But former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, a McCain backer last time, has rebuffed entreaties from the Romney camp and is sitting out this year's presidential primary. In an interview, he described the GOP election as a "lesser of the evils" choice and expressed concern over Romney's prospects in the fall.

"With how far he's moving to the right," Edgar said, "it's going to be a little bit harder now for him to win than it was a year ago, when he was viewed as more of a moderate."

Jim Edgar sounds like a real winner. He backed McCain, and now he's opposed to Romney. Why? Romney is TOO conservative for him. He says we need a moderate like McCain to win. Uhhh, McCain lost.

1 posted on 03/18/2012 7:36:16 PM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Antoninus; Lazlo in PA

List Ping!


2 posted on 03/18/2012 7:37:01 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President)
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To: Pinkbell

My sister saw Santorum with Candy Crowley (yes, she watches CNN) in an interview today. Said Santorum did great. When Candy mentioned Mitt’s vast business experience, Rick countered with the facts. Said he’s been winning states on a shoestring budget which shows how he handles money and organization

On the other hand Romney’s been outspending him 10 to 1 and losing those states. So how are his financial and organizational skills. Excellent point and I wish Rick would get it out there more.

Rick is careful with his money whereas Romney is a typical pol who thinks it’s Monopoly cash.


3 posted on 03/18/2012 7:44:00 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Kenny

That’s one of Saint Rick’s strong points, but I fear our little Republican primary voters know nothing more than rubberstamping the one Brit Hume favors.


4 posted on 03/18/2012 7:47:54 PM PDT by Theodore R. (I'm pretty sure the American people will again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Pinkbell

Jim Edgar should just switch parties, and he will then be on the winning side of nearly every IL election.


5 posted on 03/18/2012 7:49:39 PM PDT by Theodore R. (I'm pretty sure the American people will again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Pinkbell

I was speaking with a guy in Vernon Hills who’s pretty conservative. He said that he used to like Santorum, until he heard a robocall that said Santorum voted for Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

I explained to him that Santorum wasn’t even in the Senate when Sotomayor was nominated by Obama, and that Santorum’s vote for Sotomayor was in the 1990’s to be a district judge, not Supreme Court justice in 2009. He didn’t like being deceived by Romney, but said it didn’t matter anyway, because the race for the nomination is over.

This is why Democrats keep winning in Illinois.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 7:56:01 PM PDT by guinnessman
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To: Pinkbell

I am very happy to have left Illinois back in 1998. It has gone from a centrist state to an extreme left wing state. It used to be Land of Lincoln, now it is the land of Obama, the radical socialist. Chicago is among the top 3 most corrupt cities. Chicago once sent me a parking ticket while I had never even visited city limits in couple of years.


7 posted on 03/18/2012 7:57:15 PM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: Pinkbell
Santorum is going to be outspent by Romney between 10 to 1 and 20 to 1. Santorum will get hit by negative attack ads over and over. Santorum will get attacked and lied about by the MSM. Santorum needs to overcome these disadvantages. He will face them the entire campaign.
8 posted on 03/18/2012 8:09:02 PM PDT by detective
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To: entropy12; bevperl; lilparakeet; AF68; morakheather; dtom; X-FID; NavyBaby; cutiepie24013; ...

Pinging Illinois Freepers for input.


9 posted on 03/18/2012 8:13:27 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: guinnessman

That’s why Illinois should be worth about 9 delegates instead of 69. As long as the state awards electoral votes according to who wins Cook County big, the defacto result of winner take all, then the GOP should cut their delegate count down to their relevance in presidential elections.


10 posted on 03/18/2012 8:27:45 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

A Hydra Is In The Mourning After Pill
OBMACARE is a 1.76 Trillion $ Hydra a 9 headed snake
which Can only be Destroyed By A Firebrand
by L.J .Keslin httpL// www.theusmat.com

Of the three GOP candidates remaining opposing Mitt Romney . Only one man had the courage to take on a what they call a third rail issue...Eugenics... and has had his character asassinated for it... He’s been pummeled from both sides called , a women hater ,, a religious nut, ..a one trick pony, Santorum could spend 20 minutes discussing oil and the economy then 10 seconds comenting about pornography but guess what MSM and Santorum detractors will talk about... certainly not ,what’s really in the 1.76 trillion dolllar wonder called Obamacare ,,...!; Population control.... and all that goes with it. Including cost, 1.76 trillion.

To pay off a trillion dollars at $1.00 a second would take 31,564 years. At a billion dollars a second only 995.70 years.(220 days). Not including interest.
Two groups late in the last century led in Eugenic development. The Nazis and the Communists. Few know or remember how the Nazis began. First citing “health risk” “nicht rauchen” baning cigarette smoking, Then terminating Down Syndrome children, and then on to mentally defective children and adults,. then on to besides murdering opponents, races. All done to make the German Reich healthy and last a thousand years.

So you go to the MSM (Main Stream Media) the so called “gate keepers” for information about these things and you find closed gates .. The sorcerers in the media magically reduce a 2000 page Hydra , a Greek legendary nine headed venomous serpent that must be slain by a firebrand ,and morph it into the mourning after pill and a “womans health care issue.”
The “gatekeepers” never tell you that Obamacare bill creators and the Amish are exempt from being in Obamacare. The drafters are on record actually calling it population control and demanding Catholic bishops support it.* Their statements are out there .But not mentioned by the so called gate-keepers but by the AM the alternate media, meaning radio talk shows like Limbaugh’s and websites like Britebart’s Government . Places Obama wants to shut down and will once re-elected *Joel Pollak Britebart Government .

Eugenics explained in common words is this. And it ain’t just b/c pills, condoms, and womens rights. It’s government policy. :You surrender your individuality to the group to advance the greater good of the group. If your unhealthy or too old and you can’t work for the greater good of the group any more, you are disposed of in the way the group decides. If there are too many people , the group decides no more babiys, kill them. Now lets take the word”group” and change it for the word “ state”. Women surrender their rights when they buy into this monstrosity . That is what’s in Obamacare which is deceptively titled “The Affordable Health Care Act”

.Yet Obamacom tzars who hail from that foreign land, the deep swamp of Acadamica are all preaching the utopian wonders of Eugenics. Why it’s the final solution (remember him ?) population control. Which is part of the Obamacare package.

Let’s hope Santorum decides not to shy away from this issue miss characterized as only a social issued. It is both a social and financial issue $ 1.75 trillion is in no way a minor expenditure. Population control affects US from the cradle to the grave. .but Santorum can not speakout and act against this despicable movement ? Particularly when that is being shoved on religious groups by the Demo-Coms . Especially when they are ignoring constitutional rights...

Recently Private job creation projects rejection by the demo-coms should send a signal to the Republican bleeding heart establishment . “Bi-partisanship” doesn’t exist with hyphenated demo-crats who are really at minimum socialists and the annointed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Mr Romney should start realizing Obama is a “socialist”.. Everyone including the monthly liberal magazine Newsweek knows he is but Mr Romney just can’t seem to get around to saying it . Preventing an iron mine in Wisconsin for a desperate area in need of jobs or preventing the Keystone pipeline transfering oil from Canada to American refineries decisions which would have provided employment to thousands and reduced gas prices. was not on the hyphenated demo-com agenda.


11 posted on 03/18/2012 8:43:19 PM PDT by mosesdapoet ("The best way to punish a country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great p/p)
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To: guinnessman
I got that same call and knew instantly it was a lie.

I've had probably 25 Romney calls in the last week versus maybe 4 Santorum calls.

Romney is spending money like a liberal.

12 posted on 03/18/2012 8:45:05 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: seekthetruth

Thanks for the ping!


13 posted on 03/18/2012 8:49:01 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: entropy12
Chicago once sent me a parking ticket while I had never even visited city limits in couple of years.

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger, they sent me one back in the 70s and I had never been there in my life at that point.

They just pick out random numbers from a data base and mail out tickets. Some people actually pay them and Chicago rakes in the bucks.

14 posted on 03/18/2012 9:03:56 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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Romney is scum. The non-stop ads in Nevada before our caucus trashing Newt with known lies such as the ethics violations in congress did nothing but make me angrier and angrier at that pissant. I think I loathe that man even more than Obummer.


15 posted on 03/18/2012 9:04:11 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Pinkbell

I have disliked most GOP candidates since 1988. Bishop Willard however is the first national Republican figure that I can say I utterly and absolutely detest. He is worse than a Democrat. His policies are indistinguishable from the Democrat left, and he is WITHIN OUR CAMP.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 9:10:00 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I think we ought to listen to Alinsky." - Governor G. Romney, father of Bishop Willard M. Romney.)
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To: seekthetruth

Democrats not only control Chicago/Cook County but they control the entire state through their sheer numbers.

The Republican winner in the Illinois primary will also be decided by democrats. In Illinois, one goes to the polling place and is asked’”Republican or Democrat ballot?”. Obama is unopposed in the rat part of the primary, so rats will request Republican ballots, in huge numbers, hence, whoever they want will be the Republican primary winner in Illinois.

Santorum or Gingrich are both acceptable to me, since Santorum appears to have the best shot at beating scum Romney, I’ll be voting for Santorum tomorrow.


17 posted on 03/18/2012 9:17:46 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: seekthetruth

It’s been a new experience, having the Illinois primary mean anything. I’ve been flooded with robocalls. The most from a guy running for the Cook County Board of Review. He also has signs all over and is doing alot of advertising on the radio. Don’t know why he would spend so much money for that position, so I’m voting for the other guy. By Chicago political standards, I haven’t found any of the commercials by Romney or Santorum to be despicable. Talking heads tonight reported Romney with a slight lead in the polls.


18 posted on 03/18/2012 9:20:36 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: Pinkbell

I’m not going to vote for Mitt, the way he’s played this..I don’t trust him!


19 posted on 03/18/2012 9:54:56 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: Pinkbell

Statewide polling that once showed a tight race is now tilting Romney’s way.
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Once again, Romney’s money buys enough attack ads to overtake Rick when he is leading in a State. This is the fourth (4th) time Rick had a comfortable lead in a State and Romney overtakes him and wins.


20 posted on 03/18/2012 10:02:05 PM PDT by no dems (Take it to Tampa: Palin / Ryan or Palin / Rubio in 2012)
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To: Psalm 144

I detest him almost as much as you do. I can’t stand the way he uses Alinsky tactics on his opponents. Dear Lord, I don’t think I can vote for him if he’s the nominee. What a predicament. I want obama gone, but, can’t stand Romney either.


21 posted on 03/18/2012 10:16:52 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: seekthetruth

Greetings seekthetruth:

For the last week, five to six phone calls daily on my parent’s land phone. Most are Myth Romney, some are polling outfit calls. My parent’s always let the answering machine screen the calls. Both will vote Santorum Tuesday.

Chicago MSM TV broadcast stations are overloaded with Myth’s Santorum bashing commercials. Remainder are The Machine’s advertisements pimping for their favorite democRats because a few genuine Democrats managed to make the ballot.

This is my fifth election as an Illinois GOP election judge in a heavy democRat precinct. Louie GuiTerrorist (dRat-??) is the gerrymandered incumbent; so we’ll see how donks many actually pull a GOP ballot. This notorious Crook County precinct reported an 80% general election turnout before I picked it as a judge. Since then, the best turnout was an 18%, lowest 14%. (One FReeper can make a difference, LOL!)

Cheers,
OLA


22 posted on 03/18/2012 10:48:15 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: Catsrus
What a predicament. I want obama gone, but, can’t stand Romney either.

Like you, I'm not a Romney fan. I'll be voting for Rick when our primary rolls around (here in Texas), but if Romney wins the nomination I wonder if he'll continue to hit hard in the general election? I nearly had a stroke 4 years ago, every time I'd hear McCain talk about how honorable Obama was, etc. I know Obama will get down and dirty, so I hope our eventual nominee, whomever it may be, will too. To Romney's credit he's been scathing so far on Obama. Of course, he does spend more time beating up on the GOP candidates, but it's not the first time a primary season has gotten bloody and it won't be the last.

23 posted on 03/18/2012 11:12:56 PM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Graybeard58

Holy Cow, amazing they sent you a ticket while you had never been there. You should have seen the letter I wrote to them...I called them everything from running a banana republic to a crooked bunch of thugs. You are right, some people pay any bill that is mailed to them.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 11:43:07 PM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: Pinkbell


25 posted on 03/19/2012 2:55:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: entropy12

Chicago once sent me a parking ticket while I had never even visited city limits in couple of years.

I got one too, and so did my daughter. Neither of us had been in Chicago for bout three years. Consequently I will not frequent Chicago unless it is absolutely necessary. The place stinks with corruption.


26 posted on 03/19/2012 4:58:10 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: Kharis13
Like you, I'm not a Romney fan. I'll be voting for Rick when our primary rolls around (here in Texas), but if Romney wins the nomination I wonder if he'll continue to hit hard in the general election?

My money says Romney will duplicate the efforts of McCain and Dole. No contest

27 posted on 03/19/2012 5:03:58 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: seekthetruth
First and foremost, the Illinois GOP is dysfunctional. The birthplace of many "Combine" issues in Springfield started DuPage County. In a local race, the county board chairman investigated (with an auditors report) the wrongdoings of various committees and commissions, yet sent out a robo-call yesterday endorsing one of the chairmen of a highly corrupt board within county government for judge.

As for robo-calls, the Romney PAC anti-Santorum calls are nauseating (and plentiful) and not a good invitation to vote for Mittens.

Santorum is gaining traction in Ill-Annoy because of his go-along-toget-along, vote with the Dems in order to "take one for the team" approach - it have been defined and refined in Ill-Annoy as the "Combine". Don't vote on conservative principles, vote to garner favor with the Democrat gods who run the state - and who have run it into the ground.

The strangest robo-call yesterday was regarding Gingrich. The call started out by slamming Newt for not visiting DuPage, yet by the end of the call asking me to vote for Newt.

For as much hype there is about Ill-Annoy in its importance in this race, it is a canard. Ill-Annoy is a done-deal for Mittens, and that's why I am voting for Newt.

28 posted on 03/19/2012 5:10:41 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: detective

Actually Santorum has overcome more than anyone in the race. He started out without much hope.

He is the only threat left to Mitt Romney and has beat him in quite a few states. He knew what he was up against and still managed to keep trucking on.

I would call that quite an accomplishment.


29 posted on 03/19/2012 5:24:29 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Graybeard58

I think that the majority of Illinois Democrats will request democrat ballots, because of the congressional races. In the 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, and 17th Districts, at least two Democrats are running, in each district.


30 posted on 03/19/2012 5:41:57 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Fu-fu2

My wife, Nicole, hates the Romney TV commercials. They mostly mention Santorum, but they don’t give details about Romney’s views. The ad says, “Governor Romeny has an agenda to move this country forward.” It doesn’t say what the agenda is. Nicole voted for Rep. Paul.


31 posted on 03/19/2012 5:46:04 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: dforest

In these times the man we need for president is someone who can overcame a coordinated program of continual lies and still stick to his principles and articulate a strong patriotic message. He needs to be able to take all they can dish out and still not give in an inch on principle. He must be intelligent, principled and courageous.


32 posted on 03/19/2012 6:03:28 AM PDT by detective
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To: detective

I hope you don’t mean Newt. Newt cannot win. He can’t win because he is Newt. Newt isn’t known to stick to principles.

Replace Newt with a Not Newt and the message would have spread.

Newt is damaged goods, if he wasn’t, he would be ahead.

You see, the message is good, but people don’t care for the messenger. There is no other explanation.

That is what it boils down to with Newt.


33 posted on 03/19/2012 6:13:21 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Fu-fu2
The most from a guy running for the Cook County Board of Review. He also has signs all over and is doing alot of advertising on the radio.

Vote for Dan Patlak, the incumbent. He's a personal friend I've known for a dozen years. Well qualified and won all major endorsements.

His opponent, Sean Morrison, is a lying slug with a mall cop mentality.

34 posted on 03/19/2012 6:20:42 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: Catsrus
I detest him almost as much as you do. I can’t stand the way he uses Alinsky tactics on his opponents. Dear Lord, I don’t think I can vote for him if he’s the nominee. What a predicament. I want obama gone, but, can’t stand Romney either.

I know how you feel. I would give anything for a different choice than what we'll end up with in November, but, barring a miracle, it will be Romney vs Obama. I can't stand Romney either - I don't trust him and I think he is as phony as a three dollar bill. OTOH, this country CANNOT WITHSTAND ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF OBAMA!! All bets are off if Zero wins - no re-election to worry about and a blank check to ram forward the rest of his socialist left-wing agenda, which will have the net effect of tearing this nation apart, something Obama needs to make happen so that he can build his socialist 'paradise'.

As bad as Romney is, Obama is worse - much worse.

35 posted on 03/19/2012 6:27:17 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (2012 isn't an election - it's a restraining order.)
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To: TheRightGuy

I am voting for Patlak. Supposedly Morrison is self-funding but if so, he is spending a boatload of money for a Board of Review position.


36 posted on 03/19/2012 9:02:00 AM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: Graybeard58

Current Delegate Tracking

1144 needed to clinch, 1324 remaining

Candidate, Won, percent of remainder needed
  1. Romney, 521, 47.1%
  2. Santorum, 253, 67.3%
  3. Gingrich, 136, 76.1%
  4. Paul, 50, 82.6%

    If Romney is awarded all of Puerto Rico (23) and Santorum all of Missouri (52) under standard rule of winner take all if absolute majority is won, then the numbers are:


37 posted on 03/19/2012 10:06:10 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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