Romney Wants to Take Santorum’s Home State

Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012 11:54 AM

By Andra Varin

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Fresh off a three-state sweep, Mitt Romney has another prize in his sights: Rick Santorum’s home state.

Santorum represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate for 12 years and in the House of Representatives for four years before that. But Romney isn’t about to cede the state’s April 24 primary to his rival. The front-runner scheduled an event for Wednesday evening outside Philadelphia, and plans to hold a fundraiser in Harrisburg on April 17.

“This is certainly going to be a fight,” GOP strategist Chris Bravacos, a Romney supporter, told USA Today.

Several polls show Santorum leading in Pennsylvania, but Romney has been narrowing the gap.

The former Massachusetts governor won the Republican primaries Tuesday night in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The next big contest is on April 24, when Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island vote.

Brittany Gross, a spokeswoman for pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, told USA Today that the group already has pumped $480,000 into ads in those states.

Santorum isn’t about to let his home turf go without a fight, though. A top Santorum adviser told ABC News the campaign is “girding our loins” for the Pennsylvania primary.




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