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"This is an election about not who's the best person to manage Washington or manage the economy," he said, adding that the American people "want someone who's not going to go to Washington, D.C., because they want to be the most powerful person in the world to manage Washington. They want someone who's going to take that power and give it back to the people of this country."

Going forward into April, May, and possibly even June, the Romney campaign likely will be content with its candidate publically taking on Obama and acting like he has already entered the general election, leaving it to his sizeable cash and campaign apparatus to undercut Santorum behind the scenes, as its chief rival continues to carry on an intraparty feud.

It all sets up what may be a must-win for Santorum on April 24 in his home state of Pennsylvania. It is a state in which he lost by 18 percentage points the last time he was on the ballot there, in a reelection bid for the U.S. Senate. Clearly, Santorum understood this Tuesday. That's why he ended the night at home instead of Illinois.

"I feel welcomed back home to Pennsylvania, so thank you very, very much," he said Tuesday night. "We're heading to Louisiana for the rest of the week, and then we're going to be back here in Pennsylvania, and we're going to pick up a whole boatload of delegates and close this gap and on to victory."

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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