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Santorum: Mitt's Advantage Is 'Bad Math'

Revisions to Florida, other states will change delegates, says Santorum
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2012 2:02 AM CDT
Santorum: Mitt's Advantage Is 'Bad Math'
Rick Santorum speaks to supporters at a 'Rally for Rick,' at Ledgeview Bowling Lanes on March 25, 2012 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – So does Mitt Romney really have an unbeatable two-to-one delegate lead over Rick Santorum? Not according to Santorum, who called it "bad math" yesterday, according to Fox News. "There's a lot of bad math there that doesn't reflect the reality of what's going on. I think we're in much, much better shape than what the numbers out there suggest," Santorum said.

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Santorum's biggest two examples of bad math are Florida and Arizona, which gave Romney all their delegates in winner-takes-all contests. But Santorum says that both states had to switch to proportional awards as part of their punishments for moving their contests before April 1—that would take away 50 from Romney and give them to Santorum and other candidates. At the moment, the Associate Press estimates Romney has 568 delegates out of the 1,144 he needs for the nomination, versus Santorum with 272. Newt Gingrich has 135, and Ron Paul has 50. (Read more Rick Santorum 2012 stories.)

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