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Daily Santorum: We know they won't win

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Yes, Santorum lost the Ohio primary last night (and got creamed when it came to overall delegates) but he did pretty well among the blue-collar voters a Republican needs to beat Obama. Romney might have won Ohio and Michigan in part because of his huge support among the rich, the WashPost reports, which isn't really something you can imagine on election signs.

Santorum also did tremendously with very conservative and evangelical voters in Tennessee and Oklahoma. That may help now that the race is switching to Alabama, Miss. and Kansas.

Writers surprised by the bare Romney win in Ohio are grasping for ways to describe the candidates -- Romney is Sisyphus, forced to keep pushing the rock toward Tampa. To the P-G's David Shribman, Santorum is "the Bartleby the Scrivener of the race, the figure from Herman Melville who would not go away and who would repeatedly offer the same riposte: `I would prefer not to.'"

Top prize in the category goes to David Corn of Mother Jones: "Mitt Romney faces the fundamental problem confronted by all zombie hunters: how do you kill that which is dead already?"

The non-fiction is neither Santorum nor Gingrich (must we mention the only candidate not to win a state, Ron Paul?) can topple Romney, so why keep running at all? It's the same evangelical zeal that got Santorum into the race in the first place, says John Ellis at Buzzfeed:

Running for president is exhilarating, especially when you're Rick Santorum and been left for dead after losing in a landslide in Pennsylvania in 2006. It's vindication; I was right and they were wrong. It’s proof that you “have what it takes.”

So Rick Santorum won't give up the drug until he absolutely has to, until (as they say) the last dog dies. It's no longer about logic or delegates or the possibility of the vice presidential nomination. It's about validation. He is now who he thinks he should be. He'll have to figure out a way to put his finances back in order later.

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