(LIN) â€“ Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., stormed to a win in Saturdayâ€™s Louisiana primary, but the math suggests heâ€™ll need to win
70 percent of the remaining delegates to come away with the nomination.
Meanwhile, former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., needs to win
45 percent of the remaining delegates.
Those statistics donâ€™t appear to matter to the Santorum camp.
â€śI donâ€™t agree with the delegate math of Romney campaign,â€ť he said Sunday. â€śThey called Florida a winner-take-allâ€¦the numbers are wrongâ€¦thatâ€™s a lot of bad math,â€ť Santorum said Sunday.
With almost 50 percent of the vote, Santorum came away with 10 delegate votes Saturday night putting him at
273 delegate votes so far.
Romney came away with 5, bringing his total to
568 delegates. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., is in third place with
135 delegates and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, rounds off the pack with
The foursome now prep for state contests in Maryland, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia on April 3.
Plouffe talks energy
In the midst of Santorumâ€™s win, senior White House adviser David Plouffe was dispatched to communicate President Barack Obamaâ€™s message on various domestic issues.
With gas prices climbing, energy has garnered the most attention on the campaign trail. Obama maintains that the Republican approach to energy is one-dimensional and solely relies on increasing domestic oil production to alleviate high gas prices. â€śWe are drilling all over the place right now,â€ť Obama said in a recent stump
speech. â€śThatâ€™s not the challenge. Thatâ€™s not the problem.â€ť
Critics argue otherwise.
â€śThis administrationâ€™s record speaks for itself,â€ť said
Thomas J. Pyle of the American Institute of Energy. â€śFor more than three years, President Obama has implemented a three-part strategy: delay, deny and
â€śWhat the presidentâ€™s been saying, is we have to do everything we can to produce oil, gas, but thatâ€™s only part of the answer,â€ť he said. â€śWe also have to move quickly to wind, solar, bio
Plouffe also defended the White Houseâ€™s plans to shelve the
Keystone pipeline, an oil pipeline stretching from Canada to Mexico that would create almost 20,000 jobs. The administration said it didnâ€™t have enough time to address concerns over environmental implications.
â€śRepublicans in Nebraska had a problem,â€ť Plouffe said. â€śThe company is going to be submitting a new pipeline route,â€ť he added.
The White House is now pushing for a
smaller version of the pipeline project.
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