Why Santorum might not benefit from a Gingrich exit

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, waves at supporters following a campaign rally in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Rick Santorum needs a big boost in the delegate count to catch up to Mitt Romney, and it’s not clear that a Newt Gingrich exit would deliver it.

The Christian Science Monitor’s Peter Grier writes: “Would Rick Santorum be better off if Newt Gingrich dropped out of the GOP presidential race? That’s the conventional insider D.C. wisdom. The reasoning is simple: Mr. Santorum’s vote, plus Mr. Gingrich’s, is bigger than Mitt Romney’s total. Add the two conservatives together, and you trump the guy Newt needles as a ‘Massachusetts moderate.'”

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