Romney Wins Maryland, DC, and Wisconsin
Mitt Romney taking victories in Maryland and the District of Columbia isn’t a big surprise because that’s pretty much his home territory, but his victory in Wisconsin is a bit more interesting, because it’s a midwestern state that was supposed to be an easy win for Rick Santorum.
Mitt Romney’s campaign is moving straight into Pennsylvania after completing a three-contest primary sweep on Tuesday night, as he looks to close the deal in the Republican nominating contest by challenging Rick Santorum on his home turf.
Pennsylvania is just one of the five states voting in the next set of primaries on April 24. Santorum, though, is portraying the contest as a game-changer – predicting victory in the delegate-heavy state he used to represent in Congress.
Actually, what I wrote about Santorum nearly two months ago is now applicable to Romney’s 3-state sweep:
In short, they’re gonna see a headline that says “Santorum is a winner!” And Americans love to back a winner… that’s why so many people from all over the country claimed to be New York Yankee fans when the Yanks were winning World Series after World Series, but suddenly dropped away when they stopped winning the Fall Classic. (I’m sure Bryan would say the same thing about the Dallas Cowboys, but I’m a baseball fan, though not a Yankees fan.. but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.)
It’s the perception that Santorum is a winner that matters here. When the [Non-Political-Wonks] see that, they’ll be more willing to donate to his campaign, to name him as their choice in polls, and it’ll make them that much more willing to vote for him in their state’s primary. In short, the momentum of the race has changed, and Santorum is the one with the wind at his back right now.
With these wins, and the headlines proclaiming Romney winning 3 in a row, you can pretty much replace “Santorum” with “Romney” in the above quote. Mitt is now the one that people will be seeing as a winner, and that will help him seal the deal with the GOP electorate.