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Santorum still pushing hope of contested convention in Tampa

12

March

Rick Santorum says it's not about the delegate math, which is in Mitt Romney's favor. "The issue is vision," he said this morning on NBC's Today.

Santorum continues to hold out hope that no clear winner will be in place by the Republican National Convention in August. “When we go to this convention, if that’s where we end up, it’s a conservative party," he said. "They're not going to nominate. If the opportunity provides itself in an open convention, they are not going to nominate a moderate Massachusetts governor who has been outspending his opponent 10-to-1 and can't win the election outright."

Andrea Saul, a Romney spokeswoman, said: “Rick Santorum may be used to making up his own 'facts,' but he can't make up his own math. Mitt Romney has won over 50% of the delegates up for grabs thus far and has a clear path to the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination. On the other hand, Sen. Santorum has only won 22% of the delegates so has to win 65% of the remaining ones. With delegates being proportionally allocated in almost all of the upcoming states, there's just not a chance for him to catch up before Gov. Romney clinches the nomination."

[Last modified: Monday, March 12, 2012 2:58pm]

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