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April 5, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — Kicking off a last-ditch effort to keep his presidential bid alive, Rick Santorum returned to his roots Wednesday, saying he shared the values of southwestern Pennsylvania, where his grandfather worked in a coal mine and he shot his first deer three decades ago. "I'm very, very proud of the heritage that Pennsylvania represents," Santorum told a few hundred people at the Blair County Courthouse. "Barack Obama four years ago referred to this area of Pennsylvania right here as a place that holds on, clings to their guns and their Bibles.
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NATIONAL
April 4, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
MILWAUKEE — Mitt Romney edged closer to capturing the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday as he beat back a challenge from Rick Santorum in Wisconsin and swept the field in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Santorum had counted on an improbable upset in Wisconsin to stop the party from coalescing, if reluctantly, around Romney, whose wins in the other two primaries were all but a foregone conclusion. But with Romney and President Obama clashing anew Tuesday, Santorum was also fighting the widening perception that the race for the White House was transforming quickly into a two-man general election contest.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2012 | By David Horsey
Rick Santorum hoped to bowl his way to victory in the Wisconsin Republican primary Tuesday, but he left pins in the lane. Still, Santorum proved he truly is the real conservative in the race. Sure, Mitt Romney wants to get government out of the way of business and Newt Gingrich wants to conduct a culture war, but Santorum wants to do something that is the essence of conservative: He wants to go back to the good old days. In the America that Santorum envisions, husbands would work in manufacturing jobs and wives would be busy having lots of babies.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By Morgan Little
While Rick Santorum has vowed to stay in the presidential race despite losing three more primaries to Mitt Romney on Tuesday, the last GOP nominee to seek the White House said Santorum's campaign is now “basically irrelevant.” John McCain, the Arizona senator who lost the election to Barack Obama in 2008, said in an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Wednesday that “whether Rick Santorum stays in or not, is now basically irrelevant… Mitt...
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Campaigning at a diner in his former congressional district the day after he lost three primaries, Rick Santorum brushed aside calls to bow out of the Republican presidential race and allow front-runner Mitt Romney to focus on defeating President Obama in the fall. “I've endured about eight months of people saying that. Everyone has been asking from the days I was driving around [a pick-up] truck in Iowa to get out of the race,” he said, speaking to reporters after greeting voters at Bob's Diner, and responding to Sen.  John McCain's statement earlier in the day on CNN that Santorum had become “irrelevant.” “I've never been the establishment candidate and that holds true till today and that's nothing new,” Santorum said.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By Paul West
The end of the Republican presidential contest was looming as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum headed for campaign stops Wednesday in Pennsylvania. A Romney victory on April 24 could be the culmination of a long and contentious primary war. Losing his home state would likely force Santorum to abandon an increasingly uphill attempt to carry the conflict all the way to the national convention in August. With a triple-primary sweep on Tuesday, Romney advanced more than halfway to the 1,144 delegates he needs to secure the nomination.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By David Meeks
Mitt Romney has won the Maryland primary, The Associated Press projected, winning handily in a state where the moderate former governor of Massachusetts never faced a serious challenge from staunch conservative Rick Santorum. Romney's focus on economic issues played well with Maryland's Republicans, more of whom tend to be fiscal conservatives and social libertarians than in the South, the region where Santorum has been the strongest. Polls in Maryland consistently showed Romney with a double-digit lead and Santorum focused much of his effort on Wisconsin, which also held its primary on Tuesday.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Colby Itkowitz, Allentown Morning Call
The second poll in a week shows Mitt Romney cutting deep into Rick Santorum's lead in his home state, Pennsylvania. Romney now trails Santorum by just six points in the state with 35% to Santorum's 41%, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday. It's a devastating shift for Santorum who on March 14 in the same poll was besting Romney 36% to 22%. The poll comes on the heels of a Franklin & Marshall College survey that found Romney behind by just two points. This week, Santorum acknowledged that Pennsylvania is a “must win” for his presidential campaign.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
It's election day and that feeling in the air is springtime, not anything approaching the excitement and anticipation that marked earlier days in the primary season. (At least among political junkies and those who get paid to care about such things.) The outcome in Tuesday's primaries in Maryland and the District of Columbia seems preordained, with Mitt Romney certain to win both. Rick Santorum, his chief rival, didn't even make the ballot in Washington, D.C., and virtually ignored its next-door neighbor.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Evangelical voters who have carried Rick Santorum to victory in key Midwestern and Southern contests were less of a force in primaries in Wisconsin and Maryland Tuesday, a reality reflected in the early returns that favor Mitt Romney. In tonight's key vote in Wisconsin, only 37% of voters identified themselves as white evangelical or born-again Christian, and the group only narrowly favored the former Pennsylvania senator, exit polls show. In Maryland, Romney actually scored a narrow win among evangelicals, who represented a similar share of the vote.
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