Romney Playing Expectations Game For Tuesday Votes

Mitt Romney's campaign sought again to minimize the importance of elections in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday, the same day polls show Romney trailing in Missouri and Minnesota.

The campaign sent out a memo from political director Rich Beeson pointing out that Missouri's primary is a "beauty contest" that doesn't have any delegates tied to it, and the other two states are non-binding on delegates.

If Santorum can win both states he could make Romney look weak in the Midwest. That would make it three of three contests in Midwestern states where he beat Romney. 

"If Santorum can win in Missouri and Minnesota, that'll expose Romney in the Midwest and hurt him heading into Super Tuesday," said GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, who is unaligned in the primary. "It could slow Romney down."

Read more from Cameron Joseph at The Hill

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