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Romney Accuses Santorum Campaign of ‘Dirty Tricks’

Rick Santorum’s campaign has acknowledged that they are making robocalls to Michigan Democrats, encouraging them to vote in today’s open primary. With the race so tight — and Santorum’s Monday night lead due to his whopping 37 point lead among Democrats who might vote in today’s primary, according to Democratic firm Public Policy Polling — it’s possible that Democratic voters could deliver Santorum a win. Mitt Romney is outraged by Santorum’s tactics, reports NBC News:

Santorum’s effort to turn out Democrats against Romney was clearly a focus of his appearance this morning. Romney dispensed with the usual made-for-TV hallmark of his primary-day events: He never picked up a phone to call undecided voters. Instead, upon arriving with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in tow, he joked with his own volunteers.

“You are making calls to Republicans today. This is a good thing, all right,” Romney said drily. “The Santorum campaign is making calls to Democrats today.”

“I think Republicans have to recognize there’s a real effort to kidnap our primary process,” Romney said. “And if we want Republicans to nominate the Republican who takes on Barack Obama, I need Republicans to get out and vote and say no to the … dirty tricks of a desperate campaign.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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