Rick Santorum may have gotten a momentum boost from last night’s victories in Alabama and Mississippi, but Mitt Romney still has a substantial delegate lead over Santorum. The Romney campaign stressed that in a memo by political director Rich Beeson released today that highlighted that it would be tough for Santorum and Newt Gingrich to reach 1,144 delegates: Santorum would have to nab 69 percent of the remaining delegates and Gingrich 78 percent.
More from the memo (emphasis Beeson’s):
Last night’s results give him 50% of all the delegates awarded to date and 45% of the delegates needed to clinch the nomination. He has twice the number of delegates as Senator Santorum and has received over one million votes more than Santorum in the GOP primary contests to date.
In the contests since Super Tuesday, Governor Romney won at least 80 delegates, Senator Santorum won 70 and Speaker Gingrich won 24; a net of –10 for Santorum and –56 for Speaker Gingrich. What does this mean? To put it simply, the past week has been yet another missed opportunity for them to close the gap. Instead of closing the gap, they watched the gap grow.