Santorum eyeing Pennsylvania primary

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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum continued on Sunday to reject calls that he drop out of the race and concede victory to front-runner Mitt Romney.

“This race isn’t even at halftime yet … Gov. Romney isn’t even halfway to the magic number” of 1,144 delegates needed to win, Mr. Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“This man [Romney] has been running for president for six years,” he said. “The whole narrative has been in Romney’s favor since the beginning of this race, and he still isn’t even close to sealing the deal.”

Mr. Santorum said he expects to do well in his home state of Pennsylvania, which votes later this month, and a number of states on the May primary calendar, such as Texas, West Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana and others.

But polls show Mr. Romney is expected to prevail in the trio of contests coming up on Tueday: Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, scored key endorsements from several conservative heavyweights last week, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Former President George H.W. Bush also threw his support behind Mr. Romney.

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