Romney team again points to math after more Santorum wins
March 14th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney team again points to math after more Santorum wins

(CNN) – As Rick Santorum enjoyed a day of favorable headlines following his primary wins in Mississippi and Alabama, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign again pointed to the seemingly inevitable delegate calculus that will propel their candidate to victory.

That's the same tactic the Romney team took following Super Tuesday, when Romney and Santorum both walked away with important victories in states carrying large delegate prizes.

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In a memo sent to reporters, Romney Political Director Rich Beeson asserted that "nothing had changed" following Tuesday night's southern contests.

"Tuesday's results actually increased Governor Romney's delegate lead, while his opponents only moved closer to their date of mathematical elimination," Beeson wrote, laying out a count showing Romney with nearly double the amount of delegates as Santorum.

CNN's current estimate gives Romney 498 delegates, and Santorum 239 delegates. The other two candidates in the race, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, both trail by large margins, with 139 and 69 delegates, respectively. A candidate needs 1,144 to secure the GOP nomination.

Beeson said the margin between Romney and Santorum would prove impossible to overcome.

"Santorum and Gingrich now trail Governor Romney by margins they cannot mathematically make up," Beeson wrote, adding: "In order to win, both Santorum and Gingrich need to start netting an impossible number of delegates to overtake Governor Romney."

Speaking on CNN Tuesday, Santorum campaign Chief Strategist John Brabender said Romney's math argument wouldn't continue to hold up if he continues to lose big voting contests.

"He said he has to win 50% of the all the delegates out there to get there," Brabender said. "The problem is he's not - like last night was another example where he did not win 50%. On Saturday he did not win 50%, Santorum won more. So by his own math he's having trouble getting to 1,144."

Momentum, Brabender argued, was on his campaign's side.

"It's an exciting time for the campaign," he said. "Rick Santorum said it best, a lot of average Americans are showing people the pollsters don't know as well as they do. It was a big upset last night and certainly gives the campaign a tremendous amount of momentum."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Peace

    Pointing or concentrating on delegate calculus without preparing the ground, is the recipe for failure come Nov.

    March 14, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Thomas

    America is a divided country.

    No lonturm vision or plan ..

    Both Mitt and Rick are dinosaurs is a changing climate

    March 14, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Laverne

    At the end of the day, there is only one math count that will matter and that is President Obama opening up a can of whup ass on Romney on Nov. 6!

    March 14, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Loser, get a real job moron!!!

    March 14, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Musses K

    The 45th president of US = Gov Mitt Romney

    March 14, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. geg

    one thing for sure if any of the republicans become 45 there will never be a 46 they will finish what bush started

    March 14, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Homeschooling math

    I've stopped paying attention to Newt & Sweater Vest – Mitt is the GOP nominee, period. Rick if you want your kids to learn math have someone other than you teach them.

    March 14, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Jason D

    Romney thinks hes going to just wins with the most deligates...if he gets to the convension having not won the republican nomination it proves that hes not the candidate, having the most points but still losing means hes weak, having not gained the conservatives or even the center right means he would get slaughtered in a presidential fight....fact is none of this crowd can stand a chance..find someone else and get the delegates in for them, not christie, not palin, not mcain, someone who isnt going to polarise the party but cover the spread...or its another 4 years for certain

    March 14, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just because he has the math now doesn't mean that he will win the general election in November. I don't think Romney will be able to get the full support of the conservatives among the GOP. This isn't to say that Santorum could do much better.

    March 14, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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