Santorum Needs a Miracle to Catch Romney

As results of the Illinois primary trickled in, many believed it was the end of the road for Rick Santorum and the Republican Primary nomination contest.     In another jolt to an already sagging campaign came the endorsement of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Romney. So it looks like Santorum needs to turnaround his campaign with some quick fire wins, which looks highly unlikely, but never says never in Politics.

Romney’s win in Illinois almost doubled the lead in delegates over Santorum. The battleground shifts to Louisiana on Saturday and then to Wisconsin in April, Santorum needs to win big in both these states to stay alive in the contest. If he fails to do so, he will have buckle under the pressure and harbor his support to get behind Romney in the run up to the November 6 Presidential election.

Another wild theory doing the rounds is Santorum hoping to win enough to make sure that Romney does not win the nomination by the end of June, when state contests end. He believes he can then go to the August convention in Tampa, Florida, where a lot of conservatives are expected to turn up and tip Romney to the post.

Santorum has made the best of Romney’s inability to win over conservatives and blue-collar voters. As it’s been stated earlier, the other conservative contestant Newt Gingrich has played spoil-sport by eating into Santorum’s conservative vote bank.

“It will be obvious to Republicans when Governor Romney has got victory in his sights and has passed all the tests. We’re not there yet,” “The establishment wants this over with, but it’s not their choice. There are some other states to be heard,” “When you see the end in your sights, that’s when you cut a deal.” said Katon Dawson, a former state party chairman in South Carolina summing up the campaign

Santorum will be looking for some retribution in Pennsylvania, his hometown, where he lost his senate re-election pretty badly in 2006. Once he achieves that emotional little landmark, he is expected to step down. His involvement post the result, could involve an administrative post under Romney’s administration or a major speaking slot at the convention.

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