Rick Santorum isn’t dropping out of the presidential race

at 05:00 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Even before polls close in Wisconsin’s primary tonight, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s campaign is making clear he isn’t leaving the presidential race any time soon.

“We think regardless of results today, Pennsylvania becomes the make or break state for both candidates,” Santorum senior adviser John Brabender wrote in an email to the Fix. “If we win Pennsylvania it will give us great momentum going into May, which is setting up to be a big month for us. If we win both Pennsylvania and Texas, we believe we will be the nominee.”


Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in Shawano, Wis., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Pennsylvania is set to vote on April 24. Texas will hold its primary on May 29.

Regardless of what happens in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania or Texas, however, Santorum will remain well behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the pursuit of the 1,144 delegates needed to officially clinch the nomination.

According to the updated delegate count kept by the Associated Press, Romney has now earned 572 delegates while Santorum has 272. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 135 delegates and Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 51.

Here’s a great graphic detailing how the candidates have accumulated their delegates in the race to date.

 
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