Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary this weekend, and it seems to have made little to no difference in the overall Republican presidential nomination whatsoever.
Despite a solid win over frontrunner Mitt Romney, Santorum only gained little where it really counts — the delegates. With his near 50 percent win, he managed to gain just five delegates more than Romney, who came in with less than 20 percent.
In fact, Santorum’s victory was more a media coup than an actual game changer in the race to be nominee. Once more he has stolen headlines that continue to show a party divided, as well as any chance for the party to unify behind Romney, who’s lead is at this point nearly insurmountable.
Louisiana has served as a likely knock-out blow to the campaigns of both Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, neither of whom scored high enough in the popular vote to net even one delegate (although they could woo the five uncommitted delegates that are as of now unclaimed by any candidates). But as neither campaign showed much inclination to drop out before this contest — despite low support, stalling campaigns and disappearing dollars — it seems unlikely that whether the two are in or not will make a difference in the long run, either. Especially if neither man wins enough state delegate majorities to even enter his name on the floor for nomination.
Romney is currently leading in Wisconsin, as well as in California, and the upcoming calendar doesn’t look good for Santorum until the end of April, when he will have a fighting chance at another big state when his home state of Pennsylvania votes. But with pressure mounting from the party bigwigs, the question quickly becomes whether it is possible for him to last that long.
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