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. Patricksday

    Stay the course Rick, give Romney a run for his MONEY.

    April 2, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. Robert

    Fewer people are interested in this shallow candidate. He's finished.

    April 2, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. ithinkthat

    That headline could have been in The Onion.

    April 2, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. Me You

    Isn't this race over yet?

    April 2, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Levi

    “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.”

    And hopefully Santorum will come to the conclusion that there is no way he is going to get the nomination and exit the race with at least a little dignity left. However, that seems as likely as Gingrich and Paul waking up to reality themselves.

    April 2, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Tyler

    Today November 30th 2012 the Republican's have announced their candidate for President of the United States. Oops. Oh crap it's too late.

    April 2, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!! Rick throw up John f Kennedy who was best President United States. Rick will never right man for President!!

    April 2, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. mrgmorgan56

    The guy is an idiot and I would not hire him to run the gardening service...

    April 2, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. mikeohhh

    First

    April 2, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Cody

    Rick you are wasting your time.

    April 2, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Jared

    Santorum isn't focused on beating Obama but rather wants to "beat Mitt Romney". If he thinks he will be "even" at the end of May then he really is insane.

    April 2, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. Pete/Ark

    The longer Santorum stays in the race , the more hard questions he will be asked. How will he square his support of sanctions and embargos of Cuba with the public position of the Pope that such actions are wrong and should end ? Will he revise his heated statements on JFKs seperation of Church and State speech or will he defy his party and take the Papel mandate ? Can he change positions or will he raise doubts about his loyalties ? It's hardball from here on...

    April 2, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. fhn Homes

    when this guy talks does he even think, or is he reading off 3×5 April fools cards. The only one suitable to be president out all othem is RON PAUL

    April 2, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. Mike

    If Santorum still thinks he has a chance to win the nomination or beat Obama, then I am afraid for if that day actually came.

    April 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. OneOfTheSane

    This religious cretin only stays in the mix in hopes of 2016 LOL

    April 2, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. George

    Remember March madness. Santorum still can upset Romney.

    April 2, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Common sense grandma

    Santorum looks forward to May and his chances turning sound. I look forward to a pill that will make me a size 5 and take 40 years off my appearance. Odds are about the same. The difference is that I know a fantasy when I have one.

    April 2, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. cbone27

    He shouldbe looking to go back to that "time out" at the think tank for being a bad little repub.

    April 2, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. Jim Bob

    By May, we'll be asking ourselves "Santorum? Sounds familiar, but I just can't place it. Give me a minute – I'll get it – no, really, I'll place him, just give me a minute!"

    He's toast. Sounds like he just wants to stay partially relevant long enough to be able to speak at the convention so when Romney loses to Obama, Santorum can run again next time and have some, slight name recognition...

    April 2, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. Matt R

    Senator Santorum must be ignoring the fact that he stands to lose a lot of ground this month in the delegate count due to the fact that most of the states up for grabs in April are winner take all states. Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C, and Delaware are all winner take all states. So even if he only loses by a few points in these states he will get 0 delegates from them. Most of the states he will do well in are proportional so Romney will get some delegates even if he doesn't win in these states. If we look even further into the future the big prize of California looms where Romney will most likely win and take all 172 delegates.

    At this point the only thing Santorum can do is try to prevent Romney from reaching 1,144 delegates before the convention and then hope to be picked in a brokered convention.

    April 2, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. Romulan

    I don't see how he can win.

    April 2, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. edbonfla

    Santorum is not interested in being elected so he can serve this nation and its people, he is staying in the fight so he can serve his ego and his distorted picture of his place in history. He will be known as a Senator who lost his last election. That's it!

    April 2, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. Mark

    Some of our friends who are GOP party liners say, they will "sit this one out". They would NEVER vote for Obama but,
    wont vote for any of the people the GOP is trying to bid against him. What a joke "The Grand Old Party" has become.

    April 2, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. 4truth

    Santorum's delusions of grandeur are a perfect fit with Gingrich's... They need to bow out of this insignificant little race and instead run against each other for President of the Moon Colony!

    April 2, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. ironman59

    Of course he is looking past today, he has Peter Pan syndrome. Tomorrow is always the better day and today doesn't matter. It's the same with his policies. The freedoms we have today aren't important, it's the freedom's he can revoke tomorrow that are important to him. All of the gop candidates are pandering to an every shrinking minority that is stuck in time and grossly out of step with the majority of America.

    April 2, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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