Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Santorum gets the headlines, Romney gets the delegates

Written By: Bob - Mar• 14•12

Last night’s GOP primaries offered Rick Santorum a chance to claim two victories, even as he is losing the war.

Rick Santorum ensured that the Republican nominating battle will drag on, possibly into the spring and beyond, after pulling off a pair of victories in the Deep South on Tuesday — as the presidential primary race passes the midway mark.

The former Pennsylvania senator edged out his opponents in both Mississippi and Alabama, allowing him to build the case that he is the “conservative” alternative to Mitt Romney over Newt Gingrich.

But even with two surprise wins, Santorum didn’t walk away with a surge in delegates. As of Wednesday morning, Romney had 495 delegates to Santorum’s 252. That’s up from 454 and 217 before Tuesday’s votes. Gingrich now stands with 131 delegates and Ron Paul with 48.

Santorum’s victories marginally improved his chances of making it to a brokered convention, where he faces his only real chance of winning the nomination, something simply out of reach with such a low delegate count midway through the campaign and well behind front-running Romney.

Gingrich and Paul are in it merely to help shape things at this point, as neither man has a choice of winning.

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