Spring forward: Santorum looks to May, not April
April 2nd, 2012
09:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Spring forward: Santorum looks to May, not April

(CNN) - Rick Santorum on Monday showed little hope for winning several contests in April but predicted a big comeback next month, when voters in more conservative states head to the polls.

“May is rich with delegates and strong states for us,” Santorum said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

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His comments came one day before a trio of contests in the Democrat-heavy areas of Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Also in April, voters will cast their ballots in the traditionally blue states of Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island.

Santorum, who has fared well in the South and Midwest, said he knew “April would be a very tough month,” which is why his campaign has shifted its focus towards May.

Pointing to the typically red states of Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia - all of which hold primaries next month - the former Pennsylvania senator said he liked his chances in those contests and predicted a drastic change in the race come summertime.

“By the end of May, we expect this race to be very close to even,” Santorum said, referring to a match-up with rival Mitt Romney.

So far, Santorum lags significantly behind Romney in delegates, according to CNN’s latest estimates. The former Massachusetts governor leads the GOP field with 571 delegates, while Santorum has 264, Newt Gingrich has 137 and Ron Paul has 71.

April, however, won’t be a total loss for his campaign, Santorum said. The candidate reiterated that he expects to win his home state of Pennsylvania later in the month and thinks he will “run well” in Wisconsin’s primary this week.

While he has not explicitly called on Gingrich and Paul to drop out of the race, he said their “vote totals are distorting the outcome” and acknowledged their departure would help his White House aspirations.

“We have an opportunity to rally behind one conservative who can beat Mitt Romney right now, and that’s me,” Santorum said. “Hopefully Speaker Gingrich and others will come to that conclusion.”

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. sandan

    Let's face it Santorum or ay of the other Republican jocker are something to behold.

    April 3, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  2. Peikovianyi

    If Rick Santorum doesn't rise from the dead this Easter, he hasn't got a prayer.

    April 3, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  3. rosethornne

    Pointless Sanctimonious just needs to go home and quietly froth over his failures as a human being. There is more chance of a bachmann/cain presidency than anything involving the Sweater Vest Monster.

    April 3, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  4. JT

    This guy is playing the Huckabee playbook to a tee. Right down to not bowing out before he should. I look forward (not really) to his weekend show on Fox news in a couple of years.

    April 3, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  5. labman57

    Curious. A number of social conservative politicians have publicly declared that their political aspirations are the result of "speaking with God", some even going so far as to insist that their election campaigns were "God's will".
    Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Palin - all have cited divine intervention as a primary motivator in their quest for higher office, including the current battle for the presidency.

    And yet each has had his/her campaign for the 2012 GOP nominee either never materialize, quickly crash and burn, or in the case of Santorum and Gingrich, gradually founder.
    So what insights can we glean from this turn of events? Perhaps God is an Ashton Kutcher fan, as He appears to have punk'd each of these POTUS wannabes.

    April 3, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  6. Denverdriver

    How can anyone take seriously this clown who claims that "American history classes cannot be taken in California colleges?" He throws out blatantly false assertions and seems to think he doesn't have to back them up with facts.

    April 3, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  7. Jason

    Santorum's strategy of looking towards May... not April is going to work about as well as Gingrich's strategy of looking forward more than a month ahead to the southern states after losing FL.

    After Santorum continues to lose in April, culminating by losing his own state of PA... it is going to be over for him, regardless of what states are coming up after that.

    April 3, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  8. Dave

    With all due respect, he should look for the exit door.

    April 3, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Go Rick!

    April 3, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What? Does he actually expect to win in New York and California? He may do "well" in Texas, but all the states he hopes to win in combined will still be less than the more than 300 delegates that he currently trailes Willard by.

    April 3, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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