Rick Santorum projected to lose big on Tuesday

Rick Santorum's inability to reach beyond a very conservative and religious base of voters may cost him the GOP nomination.

Rick Santorum's inability to reach beyond the very conservative and religious base of voters that has warmed to him may cost him the GOP nomination.

The former Pennsylvania senator is projected to lose in all three Republican primary contests on Tuesday. An NBC survey shows Mitt Romney is leading in Wisconsin 40% to Santorum's 33%. In Maryland, a Rasmussen poll has Santorum (28%) far behind Romney (45%). Santorum will not be on the Washington, DC, ballot, because the candidate did not qualify for it, as has happened in other states for his campaign.

Just two weeks ago, Santorum was giving Romney a run for his money in several states.

Santorum has not indicated he will pull out of the race if he loses the Tuesday races, “but it's possible the media could do it for him, relegating him to Newt-like status,” the Daily Beast says. The publication blames the predicted losses on the fact he has been unable to appeal to a more moderate GOP demographic.

In an interview, Santorum said he is keeping his options open in regards to his political future, should his campaign not succeed. He has indicated he would be open to being Romney's running mate

The admission comes after he called Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama," due to the frontrunner's history on healthcare issues.

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