Santorum predicts Pennsylvania win

posted at 10:25 am on April 4, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Even after Mitt Romney’s hat trick last night, Rick Santorum still has hope that he can stop the former Massachusetts governor from securing the nomination. It’s just halftime, he says, and he’s counting on Pennsylvanians to “charge out of the locker room” for a strong second half. The former Pennsylvania senator has repeatedly predicted a win in his home state, where both he and Mitt Romney campaign today:

Speaking on familiar turf, the former two-term senator from the Keystone State urged supporters to dismiss attacks from his opponents ahead of Pennsylvania’s primary later in April.

“You know me. You know how hard I work,” Santorum said. “They’ll say all the things, that I’m someone who doesn’t stand up for what I believe in. You know me.”

In recent days, Santorum has predicted he will win his home state’s contest, which has 72 delegates at stake. He also expects to push on through May, a month that holds contests in states that are more conservative. …

In an interview on Monday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Santorum acknowledged that “April would be a very tough month for us,” but he intends to compete through May and onto the convention.

“May is rich with delegates and are strong states for us — states like Texas and Arkansas and Kentucky and Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina. Those are the states that we know we can get this back, right back to where it is right now, which is a lot closer than what Mitt Romney and the pundits are spinning,” he said.

No doubt Mitt Romney will repeat in Pennsylvania the strategy that worked so well for him against Gingrich in Florida and against Santorum in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. He’ll purchase expensive advertising, utilize compelling robocalls and crisscross the state himself. He has even more incentive than usual to deploy a deal-sealing barrage of negativity against Santorum. If he can sneak to victory in Pennsylvania, he’ll have made a very strong case for himself against Santorum.

Santorum is counting on his home-state advantage to help him withstand the assault. In the latest Quinnipiac University poll in Pennsylvania, Santorum leads Romney by six points. If that begins to change, though, and a loss in Pennsylvania for Santorum looks likely, Romney’s last challenger might not make it to May.


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Sorry, but I did not become a republican to have the option to either vote for a democrat or a republican that’s most like a democrat. So you’ve obviously not made the case. And only voting against Obama isn’t a winning strategy because we tried it the last time and this time we’re not offering anything much different except that “it’s not Obama” again. So somehow the spoiler strategy doesn’t sound too bad to me. And these millions of voters you refer to may not look too kindly on Romney when all is said and done because he ain’t winning a whole lot of us over either.

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Well now, you have a dilemma don’t you?
What shall you do?
What can the candidates do to earn your business today?
It’s all about you . . . and your special feelings.

jan3 on April 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

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Too bad for you, Romney is not looking to woo anyone. He just wants damn votes, no strings attached. Nor is he a politician. You’ll have to wait until the next cycle if you really have it bad for a corrupt career politician to ” connect” with you.

It’s not you, it’s mitt.

FlaMurph on April 4, 2012 at 11:22 PM

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Obama appreciates your support. It’s not a question of liking Romney or not: he is winning the nomination, fair and square by getting more votes and delegates than the others, all by the rules. The contest is our nominee versus Romney.

If you stay home, vote third party, leave the top line blank, or just go ahead and vote for Obama, it’s just a matter of degree how much you are helping him, but you ARE helping him.

The next Presidential term will likely see 1-3 Supreme Court appointments and 200-300 other federal judicial appointments, all for LIFE. This will affect the country for at least the next 30-40 years.

If that’s not enough for you, we receive your message: you are an unreliable crank who cares more for his personal whims than for the country, and nothing the Party does will ever satisfy your pouty self unless we appoint you Grand King And Ruler of All. Have a nice life, RINO, but don’t show up in four years pretending nothing ever happened.

Adjoran on April 5, 2012 at 2:05 AM

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