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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum says the Republican establishment is in a panic and that’s why they are flocking to support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Romney has picked up a rash of endorsements in Wisconsin over the past few days, including Rep. Paul Ryan and tea party darling Sen. Ron Johnson. In addition, another tea-party hotshot — South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint — jumped on the Romney bandwagon.
I think from what you see, there seems to be a panic among the Republican establishment of everybody sort of coming out of the woodwork to say the things they’re saying here today. A lot of people must be concerned we’re going to do really well on Tuesday, so I’m encouraged by all the this. It shows the establishment is getting nervous. I’m confident we’ll have a good day on Tuesday.
Santorum’s confidence is not supported by recent polls which show Romney’s lead increasing in Wisconsin. Santorum also insists he has no plans of dropping out even if he loses Wisconsin and other upcoming primary contests that appear to favor Romney.
Meanwhile, campaigning in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Romney said:
The support for my campaign is growing stronger and stronger. This was an uphill battle for me if you look back three or four weeks ago and now we’re looking like we’re going to win this thing on Tuesday.
But while Romney’s prospects for capturing the GOP nomination appear stronger, his showing against President Barack Obama is weakening. A new Gallup poll shows Romney trailing Obama in key battleground states and the Republican frontrunner is losing support among women and Latino voters.
“Romney is still the best candidate in a head-to-head match against Obama but at this point no GOP contender is beating the President,” a long-time GOP consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Of course, at this point, that could change. November is still a long time off.”