​Santorum Nomination If He Wins Illinois Primary

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March 19, 2012

Rick Santorum says he if he wins Tuesday’s primary in Illinois, he will win the nomination at the Republican convention, although he currently only has earned 252 of the 1,144 delegates needed to gain his run against Barrack Obama, and also trails Mitt Romney’s 495 delegates.

“This is a primary, and turnout is everything. You do your job, you do your job, then this is the pledge,” Santorum said while giving a speech at a local kitchen equipment warehouse. “If we’re able to come out of Illinois with a huge or surprise win, I guarantee you, I guarantee you that we will win this nomination.”

Santorum may actually have a chance to win Illinois after a WGN-TV/Chicago Tribune poll showed that with a 4 percent margin of era Romney had 35% of the Republican support and Santorum had 31%.

Santorum also compared his run against Mitt Romney as a dry run against a very similar Barack Obama. “People ask me why I’m the best candidate to run against Barack Obama,” said Santorum. “It’s because I feel like, in many respects, I am running against Barack Obama here in this primary because Mitt Romney has the same positions as Barack Obama in this primary.”

Romney spokesman, Ryan Williams responded to the Santorum guarantee and Obama comparison by saying, “Senator Santorum is an economic lightweight who has precisely zero job creating experience. He ought to scare every conservative when it comes to his economic record. We won’t get the economy going again by replacing one senator with no job creating experience with another with no job creating experience.”

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