Mitt Romney’s camp argued in a press memo Thursday afternoon that Rick Santorum has no chance to win the 1,144 delegates necessary to clinch the GOP nomination and that the former Pennsylvania senator is only helping Democrats by remaining in the presidential race.


Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Beeson added, “So as Senator Santorum continues to drag out this already expensive, negative campaign it is clear that he is becoming the most valuable player on President Obama’s team.”

Santorum has maintained that he’ll be able to clinch the nomination with the support of delegates that are unbound at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer.

His camp has also contended that the former senator from Pennsylvania will be better off in the race once the RNC restores the penalized states of Florida and Arizona to their original delegate totals – a move party leaders have said time and again they have no intention of making.

In the memo, Beeson argued that Romney has now secured more than 50 percent of the delegates needed to take the GOP nod and that Santorum would need the support of 70 percent of the remaining delegates to win.

He also noted that Romney “has earned nearly 40% of the 10.2 million votes cast in the primary,” besting Santorum’s popular vote total by 1.3 million.

Rather than gaining momentum in the weeks since Super Tuesday, Beeson wrote, Santorum is now worse off in the delegate race.

“In the 11 contests that followed Super Tuesday, Senator Santorum not only failed to make up any ground on Governor Romney’s delegate lead, he actually fell behind by 61 more delegates,” he wrote.

A Santorum spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But given the candidate’s stated determination to stay in the race, the memo likely won’t lead to a change of heart.