Santorum Adviser: Campaign Needs Gingrich To Drop Out To Beat Romney

March 1, 2012 12:00 AM
Santorum Adviser: Campaign Needs Gingrich To Drop Out To Beat Romney
" NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. One strategist hopes it will come from another rival, Newt Gingrich.

Top adviser John Brabender says Santorum’s future may depend upon Gingrich leaving the race. The former House speaker is showing no signs of bowing out, certainly not before next week’s Super Tuesday voting.

“If we could ever make this where we have all the conservatives and Tea Party supporters behind us as one candidate against Mitt Romney, we’ll win the nomination,” Brabender said Wednesday as the Santorum campaign recalibrated after finishing a disappointing second in Michigan’s primary.

Santorum and Gingrich are appealing for support from the same bloc of conservative voters. In Michigan, where Gingrich didn’t actively compete, the former speaker earned more than 6 percent of the vote. Romney beat Santorum by roughly 3 percentage points.

As Super Tuesday nears, Gingrich’s campaign is focusing on Georgia, the state he represented in Congress for 20 years, and a handful of other delegate-rich states. A Gingrich spokesman confirmed Wednesday that there’s been no pressure from Santorum’s camp to leave the race. "

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