“This is the saddest, most pathetic victory party I’ve ever seen”
But Romney aides were on the job Saturday night. In Green Bay, a Romney spokesman, Ryan Williams, showed up at the bar where Santorum was holding his election-night event, to make a few disparaging comments and put the Romney campaign’s spin on events. “This is the saddest, most pathetic victory party I’ve ever seen,” an AP reporter quoted Williams saying. “Where are all the supporters?”
Not long after, Santorum campaign manager Mike Biundo asked Williams to leave, which Williams did. “I didn’t think it was appropriate,” Biundo said later. “They keep wanting to write this race off and say that it’s done, yet they keep sending surrogates to our events to spin the press. They’ve been following us around for a while. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a coincidence that we were in the same bar.”…
In terms of delegates awarded, Romney left the 2008 race after primaries and caucuses accounting for 1,313 delegates had been held. Today, counting Louisiana, the primaries and caucuses held so far account for 1,187 delegates. After Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington DC hold contests on April 4, the total will be 1,285 — still fewer delegates than had been awarded when Romney pulled out back in 2008. Only after the April 24 primaries, after which 1,516 delegates will have been awarded (including in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania), will Santorum have stayed in the race beyond the delegate point Romney left in 2008.