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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Romney Crushes Santorum in Puerto Rico

Romney won the Puerto Rico primary with over 80 percent of the vote. James Hohmann writes at Politico:
SENADOR PUERTORIQUENO GETS WHIPPED IN PUERTO RICO: Two days of campaigning on the island netted Rick Santorum just eight percent of the vote in yesterday’s primary. It means he gets zero of the 20 available delegates. The campaign sent him there after his two big wins in the Deep South last Tuesday because they thought his Roman Catholicism would be a good fit, but considering how badly he bungled questions about mandating English it seems obvious that he would have received more votes had he NOT gone at all. 538’s Nate Silver tweeted last night that the trip “might be the worst tactical choice of the campaign so far.” In our view, there’s no need to qualify the statement.
What were the Santorum people thinking?  Romney has been winning the Catholic vote.

The opportunity cost for Santorum was large.  The two days he spent in Puerto Rico were two days that he could have spent in Illinois or some other place where he might actually have won some delegates.