Rick Santorum allies up Wisconsin ad buy


Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum pumps his fist. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The Red White & Blue Fund is increasing its ad buy from $300,000 to $660,000, adding ads in Madison, Wausau and Lacrosse, and increasing existing buys in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

The group also sent out a 39-page memo arguing that Santorum could win at a brokered convention with the help of unbound delegates.

Santorum and his supporters are still vastly outspent by Romney and his allies, who have spent millions of dollars in the state.

A recent Marquette University poll had Romney leading Santorum in the April 3 contest, 34 percent to 18 percent.

But at least Santorum’s wealthy backers are standing by him. Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul funding a super PAC in support of Newt Gingrich, said in a video posted by the Jewish Journal that the former House speaker is “at the end of his line” and “mathematically it appears he can’t get anywhere.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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