Santorum: I'll 'absolutely' win Pennsylvania
April 2nd, 2012
12:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: I'll 'absolutely' win Pennsylvania

(CNN) – Rick Santorum sounded like the ever confident Republican presidential candidate when asked about his chances in Pennsylvania's April primary.

The former two-term Pennsylvania senator on Monday said he could "absolutely" guarantee a win in the state, but that it's a "tough state."

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"We actually were part of the movement to change the Republican Party in Pennsylvania to a much more conservative party, and we've been successful winning elections doing that," Santorum said on Fox News.

But he added, "It's not going to be easy."

Santorum lost his re-election fight in 2006 to Democrat Bob Casey by an unprecedented 18 percentage points.

The most recent poll out of the Keystone State from Franklin and Marshall College showed Santorum and Mitt Romney statistically tied for the top spot among likely primary voters ahead of Election Day on April 24.

Despite his uphill delegate climb and falling poll numbers in the 2012 campaign, Santorum has vowed to remain in the race until a candidate reaches 1,144 delegates, the necessary number to clinch the GOP presidential nomination.

With a strong showing in Tuesday's three contests increasingly unlikely, Team Santorum has said they will focus on Pennsylvania and May's elections, which include the southern states of Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina and Kentucky, among others.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    I wonder if he 'absolutely' guaranteed a win when he lost his bid for re-election in PA?
    Personally, I hope he does win and that he, Mitt and Newt duke it out all the way to the convention. That would be a good thing for the Democrats. Of course, while Newt and Rick had both said they'd battle all the way to the convention, they've now softened their language and are saying openly they'll drop out when Romney gets enough delegates to win the nomination.

    April 2, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    You might win the T of Pennsylvania but you won't win the rest and the best – Pittsburgh and Philly.

    April 2, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Loop

    I didn't vote for him as a Senator. I sure as heck won't vote for him as a Presidential Candidate. He is a whack job. Conservative is one thing, but a religious fanatic is another. If he had his way, all women would be treated as second class citizens whose job it is to be sub-servient to their husbands. I pray to the good Lord that the people in PA wake up and end this charade by making him lose his home state.

    April 2, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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