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Santorum If Illinois

March 19, 2012 by staff 

Santorum If Illinois, Rick Santorum again raised the specter of a brokered Republican convention on Monday as he sought to appeal to conservative voters in Illinois to deliver another setback to Mitt Romney’s presidential ambitions in the state’s primary on Tuesday.

The two men set out on Monday for a full day of campaigning across Illinois following a weekend in which Mr. Romney prevailed in Puerto Rico, winning more than 80 percent of the vote and capturing all of the territory’s 20 delegates.

A week-old poll shows Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum essentially tied in Illinois, which will award its 69 delegates proportionally, although Mr. Santorum is ineligible to get some of them. Nationwide, Mr. Romney holds a more than two-to-one lead over Mr. Santorum in the effort to collect delegates.

But Mr. Santorum remains insistent that he and the other Republican challengers are in a position to deny Mr. Romney the 1,144 delegates he needs to claim the party’s nomination. In an appearance on CBS’s “Early Show,” Mr. Santorum said Mr. Romney could not win.

“The convention will nominate a conservative,” Mr. Santorum said. “They will not nominate the establishment moderate candidate from Massachusetts. When we nominate moderates, when we nominate a Tweedledum versus Tweedledee, we don’t win elections.”

Asked about the odds of a brokered convention, Mr. Santorum said, “Obviously, they are increasing.”

Mr. Romney and his allies continued to pound Mr. Santorum on the airwaves, describing him as an economic lightweight. And in a new video released Monday morning, the campaign aired footage of Mr. Santorum in 2008, when he was a senator from Pennsylvania, praising Mr. Romney.

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