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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Romney still leads Santorum in popular votes

Clearly, after the primary victories in Alabama and Mississippi, Rick Santorum has fresh momentum, and Mitt Romney has got to be dazed and confused. But so far in the Republican contest, momentum has been hard to sustain week after week, and one Tuesday’s victory doesn’t seem to deliver the next Tuesday’s primary. Romney has to hope this trend continues. He’s got to win something and fast. He needs a message that is more compelling than “I’m pretty sure I’ll have the most delegates in August.” Especially while Santorum has the wind at his back and is talking about issues. 

While every state, territory, caucus and primary matters, there is one fact that we will probably be hearing more about in the coming days and weeks. And that is: Romney has an impressive lead among all the votes cast so far. According to the Real Clear Politics Republican popular vote tally, Romney leads Santorum by about 1.2 million votes. Momentum is with Santorum, and Romney’s got to regain his footing, but having the most delegates and the most votes is a compelling argument. There are still 25 states left, and a lot will happen. Even though it’s ugly right now, Romney would not change places with Santorum or anyone else. 

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