Louisiana Not Looking Good for Romney

But Mitt gets near-endorsement from DeMint
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2012 3:08 AM CDT
Updated Mar 23, 2012 7:42 AM CDT
Louisiana Not Looking Good for Romney
Rick Santorum greets supporters before speaking at Superior Energy in Harvey, Louisiana.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – Louisiana holds its Republican primary tomorrow, and the state probably won't snap Mitt Romney's Southern losing streak, analysts say. Romney hasn't spent much time or money there, and its high proportion of conservative voters and relatively low household income make it fertile ground for Rick Santorum, the Wall Street Journal finds. Public Policy Polling's numbers back that up: It has Santorum up 42% to 28%, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul bringing up the rear once again, at 18% and 8%, respectively.

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Some 20 delegates are up for grabs in the last primary until Maryland, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC, vote on April 3. And with four candidates still in the race, this is the first meaningful Louisiana primary since the state's GOP started holding them in 1980, USA Today notes. The vote comes as Republican leaders step up calls for the party to get behind the front-runner. After a meeting with Romney, South Carolina's Jim DeMint, one of the Senate's most outspoken conservatives, said it was time for his rivals to do some "self reflection." He stopped short of endorsing Romney but said he was not only comfortable with him, he was "excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee." (Read more Election 2012 stories.)

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