Rick Santorum: Won’t go down without a fight

More by Brendan Ferguson - 03/12

Former Senator of Pennsylvania and current Republican candidate for President, Rick Santorum, had a field day on February 7th, 2012 going three for three by winning the Missouri Primary, Minnesota Caucus, and Colorado Caucus. In doing so he has shown that it is his race just as much as anyone else’s.

Santorum commented on his wins on February 7th by writing to his followers on his website: “WOW. Last night, clean sweep victories in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri were nothing short of stunning. Overnight we have changed the race for the Presidency. ”

First seen as a miniscule candidate, Santorum was not expected to do much in this election, or so thought many Americans, including senior Chris Janson, who referred to Santorum as a “fringe candidate” in his Neirad article this past January among the Republican candidates for President.

Santorum first turned heads at the Iowa Caucus where he marginally beat former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney by one-tenth of a percent with 24.6% of the popular vote. It was the closest Iowa caucus in history. Either way, Santorum picked up 13 delegates in the process and put his name on the map.

When it came time for New Hampshire, Santorum did as he expected and was tied with Newt Gingrich with 9.4% of the popular vote. In South Carolina, Santorum improved his numbers by finishing in third place with 17% of the popular vote. Though Santorum did relatively well for a “fringe candidate” in both of these cases, he did not earn any delegates.  

As planned, Santorum left early from the Florida primaries to prepare for the public release of his tax records. While there, tragedy struck the Santorum household when Santorum’s three-year-old daughter, Bella, who suffers from Trisomy 18, caught pneumonia. Trisomy 18 is a rare genetic disease that usually prevents its victims from surviving past their first birthdays. Bella was hospitalized for days, but according to Santorum, she has made a full recovery.

Despite not being there for the actual primary, Santorum received third place with 13.4% of the popular vote. Because in Florida there is a winner-take-all primary system, it was Mitt Romney who won first place and who received all 50 of Florida’s delegates.
As said by the “New York Times” referring to the Nevada Caucus, “Nevada is Romney country.” Romney dominated Nevada with 50.1% of the popular vote. Santorum finished in fourth with 10% of the popular vote.

Santorum is a conservative all in all. As a husband and father of eight, Santorum values his family very much. He plans to use his knowledge of being a family man to make America a better place for families across America by boosting the economy, creating jobs, and getting rid of the “class warfare used to divide America” according to his website.
In a poll done here at Darien High School, Mitt Romney had 60% of the vote, Newt Ginrich had 17.5% of the vote, Ron Paul had 15% of the vote, and Santorum had 7.5% of the vote.

One supporter of Mitt Romney and detractor of Santorum is freshman Nicolai Ostberg; he comments, “I support Romney because of his experience in business and as Governor of Massachusetts, I also support his economic and trade policies.” Though Santorum did not seem to do well here at DHS, some delegates think otherwise

Currently, Santorum has 71 delegates according to the Associated Press (AP), second to only, Romney, who has 105 delegates (AP).
Following after Santorum is former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich with 29 delegates (AP). Behind Gingrich and is last place is current Representative of Texas’ 14th district for the US House of Representatives is Ron Paul who has only 18 delegates (AP).
With 2,082 delegates still having to cast their votes and a required number of 1,144 delegates needed to get the Republican nomination for President, it is truly anyone’s race.