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Santorum Makes a Play For Gingrich Supporters

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum made a strong play for Newt Gingrich’s supporters on Friday when he released a message to American voters on his YouTube channel. Santorum is best known for his social conservatism, but instead focused on his economic platform in the video. Santorum and Gingrich largely appeal to the same demographic and with both still in the running, it will be harder for either to prevail in the end.

In Santorum’s message he outlined his optimistic vision for the US, highlighting his desire of “restoring faith in the American Dream, restarting the greatest economy the world has ever seen and for brining fiscal sanity to Washington D.C.”

Santorum allies and supporters realize this. In an effort to kill the Romney momentum, Santorum supporter, Richard Viguerie, called for Gingrich to drop out and throw his support to Santorum earlier this week. Says Stuart Roy, an adviser to the Red, White and Blue Fund, “It is time for Newt Gingrich to exit the Republican nominating process. Newt has become a hindrance to a conservative alternative.”

Erick Erickson of RedState wrote on Wednesday, “it is clear Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee if Newt Gingrich stays in the race. Gingrich is now only serving as a spoiler to Santorum.”

Even Santorum staffers are jumping in. Hogan Gidley, Santorum’s communications director, says, “You look at those numbers and you have to scratch your head and go, ‘You know, if he was out, we’d definitely be up,’” in regards to Gingrich.

Santorum must recognize the threat posed by Gingrich, but he won’t call for Gingrich’s exit.

“I’m not saying I don’t want him to get out,” Santorum said earlier this week. “If he wants to get out, I’m all for him getting out. I’m for Mitt Romney getting out. I wish President Obama would just hand me the thing, but that’s not going to happen. So the idea is let folks decide what they think is best, for getting a conservative, someone that’s going to put this country on the right track elected to president, ” he said earlier this week.

Santorum shouldn’t get his hopes up. Gingrich has stated he will stay in the race, even if he suffers losses on Tuesday.

Says Gingrich, “I think there’s a fair chance we’ll win. But I just want to set this to rest once and for all. We’re going to Tampa.”

But does Santorum, or even Gingrich, have a real shot at receiving the nomination? It’s unlikely but not impossible.

Presently, Romney leads the pack in delegate count at 441. Santorum trails him with 213 and Gingrich behind him at 107. With the 1144 needed, Romney has a commanding lead, no doubt. But, there are still 1347 delegates up for grabs in the coming weeks, though in order to reach 1144, Gingrich or Santorum would need to win nearly all of them. This is doubtful, as both California and New York (both delegate rich states) are coming up and Romney leads in both.

Even though Santorum’s message to voters was excellent, it’s going to take more than a YouTube video to win the nomination.