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Gingrich, Santorum Confident on Gaining Ground Vs. Romney

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White House candidate Rick Santorum (above) was optimistic today about his chances in Tuesday’s primaries but said Alabama and Mississippi would be a “tough battleground” against Newt Gingrich.

Even delegates who have voted for Romney “are not bound by their commitment,” Santorum said, hinting that the Tampa convention could hold surprises.

Gingrich also suggested on Fox that Romney may not reach the magical number of 1,144. If that happens, he said, the GOP would begin a “60-day conversation” about what comes next.

But Romney has 454 delegates, according to the latest Associated Press tally, more than all his rivals combined, following contests Saturday in Kansas, Wyoming and three U.S. territories. Santorum came out ahead in Kansas, while Romney took Wyoming. Santorum now has 217 delegates, by the AP’s count; Gingrich has 107, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has 47.

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