Posted on | April 3, 2012 | 95 Comments
UPDATE 10:50 p.m. ET: Chris Moody of Yahoo News writes about Santorum’s campaign in Wisconsin, which included visits to seven bowling alleys and more than a few beers:
He has arguably been one of the hardest working candidates in the race, having labored his way up from the bottom of the polls when he held events in Iowa that literally no one showed up for, to becoming the lead rival to the frontrunner. The man has only taken five days off the campaign trail since last summer, and spent most of that time eking his way along financially. With weak organization to speak of and an entourage that consisted of little more than the candidate and a friend with a Dodge Ram, Santorum went from being the candidate who could hardly get his name on the ballot in some states to becoming a household name.
Chris, you’re wrong: Santorum is not “arguably . . . one of the hardest working candidates,” he is the hardest working candidate, period. There is no argument. Nobody has out-worked this guy, and if it wasn’t for his hard work, he never would have won Iowa, let alone Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Dakota, Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
UPDATE 10:40 p.m. ET: In my local congressional district, Maryland’s 6th, incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett survives with 45% against 21% for David Brinkley, one of seven GOP challengers on the ballot.
In Wisconsin, it’s Romney 42%, Santorum 38% with 65% of precincts reporting. Remember that Romney spent more than $3 million airing attack ads against Santorum in Wisconsin, outspending the Santorum campaign 4-to-1 in advertising.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m. ET: Some good news: In the Maryland GOP Senate primary, with 60% of precincts reporting, Dan Bongino leads with 32% to 29% for Richard Douglas. A total of 10 candidates on the ballot in that primary, the winner facing Democrat Ben Cardin.
UPDATE 10:20 p.m. ET: Latest from Wisconsin: Romney 43% to Santorum’s 38%, with 42% of precincts reporting.
UPDATE 10:15 p.m. ET: Notice that Michelle Malkin directs her readers to “Latest MSM coverage of the D.C. and Maryland results here” — the link is to MSNBC. Their coverage of the Repubican presidential campaign has arguably been more fair and balanced than the Romney News Network.
BTW, according to an analysis by the New Yorker, when all is said and done, Romney will fall short of the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch.
UPDATE 9:50 p.m. ET: Fox News cut away from Rick Santorum’s speech tonight after a couple of minutes. With 19% of precincts reporting now in Wisconsin, it’s Romney 42%, Santorum 39%. The networks have already called Wisconsin for Romney, who is now giving an extraordinarily lame victory speech in Milwaukee.
Excuse the long delay in reporting. Got a late deadline tonight, so I took a brief nap.
UPDATE 8:30 p.m. ET: In early results in the Maryland GOP Senate primary, Dan Bongino leads Richard Douglas 34%-26% so far.
UPDATE 8:20 p.m. ET: The networks called Maryland for Mitt Romney as soon as the polls closed. With 5% of precincts reporting, it’s Romney 53%, Santorum 27% in Maryland.
PREVIOUSLY (7:56 p.m. ET)
Of course, Maryland is a very liberal state and, as such, is considered a shoo-in for the former governor of Massachusetts, so Mitt Romney will pick up 37 delegates in a state he’s got zero chance of winning in November. Because he’s inevitable! And electable!
Polls close at 8 p.m. ET in Maryland. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Wisconsin, where polls close at 8 p.m. Central, 9 p.m ET. If you’re a Santorum supporter in Wisconsin, make sure you vote. If you’re a Romney supporter in Wisconsin, don’t bother — he’s a shoo-in! Inevitable! Electable! All that crap the talking heads on Fox News say!
Rick Santorum will have his election night event in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mars, Pa. The next round of primaries is three weeks away, April 24, and if Santorum can win his home state of Pennsylvania, he’s still in the game, no matter what the Fox News talking heads say. Santorum has already announced his Wednesday campaign schedule in Pennsyvania.