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Monday, April 2, 2012

Romney eyes primary knockout, Obama fight looms

Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a meeting at Wisconsin Building Supply.

As Mitt Romney sought to land a knockout blow against Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination, the difficulty of a general election matchup against US Democratic President Barack Obama became clearer.

Romney looked poised for victories in contests in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, a sweep that would add pressure on conservative rival Santorum to yield to rising calls from party leaders for Republicans to rally behind Romney.

If Tuesday does not chase Santorum from the race, the Romney campaign is planning an aggressive push in Pennsylvania, the former senator's home state, to try to defeat him there on April 24 and land a decisive blow.

Romney leads in opinion polls among Republicans in five other states voting that day and is within striking distance of Santorum in Pennsylvania. Romney is set to go there later this week, and his "Restore Our Future" Super PAC group is already spending there on TV air time.

"It would certainly be very challenging for him to go forward if he can't win his own home state," said a senior Romney campaign official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We see an opportunity there."

Romney has a large lead over Santorum in the race to amass the 1,144 delegates need to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in August. Party leaders believe he will ultimately win it, but that the longer the race drags on, the harder it will be to defeat Obama in the Nov. 6 election.

Santorum gave no indication that he planned to get out of the race despite a new poll that showed him trailing in Wisconsin, the most important primary on Tuesday.

"If I thought that prolonging this race was a detrimental thing for our (Republican) chances to win in the fall, I may take a different course, but I honestly sincerely believe that the best thing we could do is ... get the best candidate," Santorum said in Little Chute, Wisconsin.



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