Santorum's Lack Of Organization Could Cost Him Pennsylvania Delegates

If Mitt Romney wants to repair his image for the general election, he will need to essentially run the primary calendar in April in an effort to force Santorum from the race. One of April's biggest prizes is Pennsylvania - Santorum's hometurf. The former Pennsylvania Senator's lack of organization might have handed the Keystone State to Team Romney from a delegate perspective. Colby Itkowitz and John L. Micek, Of The Morning Call report:

Even if Rick Santorum wallops Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania next month by winning every Republican vote on primary day, he's unlikely to gain the crucial support of all the delegates he could get.

The lack of an early organization has haunted Santorum all year. In state after state, whether he would have won or lost the popular vote, he hasn't qualified for all the delegates available.

Although the Santorum campaign has tried tirelessly to convince people otherwise, he is losing the math war to Romney. And that partly is because his campaign has failed to line up delegate candidates or file necessary paperwork long before any votes are cast.

In total, Pennsylvania has 72 delegates at stake. The state's two national committee members, Bob Asher of Montgomery County and Christine Toretti of Indiana County, and the GOP state chairman, Rob Gleason, are superdelegates. The chairman chooses an additional 10 at-large delegates to send as well.

"Based upon what I have heard, I think Gov. Romney will likely win the majority of the delegates in Pennsylvania," said Asher, a Romney supporter.

Based on recent polling, Santorum seems poised to win the state's popular vote next month. Nutt, Santorum's state director, said he hopes delegates will respect the wishes of the popular vote.


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published this page in In The News 2012-03-22 17:56:00 -0400
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