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Santorum's campaign also is arguing that Romney will not get enough backing from conservative delegates at the Republican National Convention if Romney has not won the nomination before the start of the gathering in Tampa.

In a recent "path to delegate victory" memo, Santorum strategist John Patrick Yob wrote, "Romney has a delegate problem in that he will have a very hard time getting his moderate supporters elected as delegates in these convention systems." Yob added that "time is on Rick Santorum's side. He will gain delegates as this process plays out and conservatives are elected as national convention delegates."

But it remains to be seen if Gingrich will heed Santorum's advice to drop out or if voters will be willing to follow Santorum's delegate count formula that could lead to convention chaos.

Tuesday's primaries take on added significance after polls released Monday show that Obama's approval ratings are again dropping: A New York Times/CBS poll found 47 percent disapprove of Obama while a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 50 percent disapprove of the president's job performance.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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