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Santorum Campaign Hoping For Help From Gingrich

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at Belmont University on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo) Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at Belmont University on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)

NASHVILLE (AP) - Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. One strategist hopes it will come from another rival, Newt Gingrich.

Top adviser John Brabender said Santorum's future may depend upon Gingrich leaving the race. The former House speaker is showing no signs of bowing out, certainly not before Super Tuesday's voting.

Brabender said Santorum would win the nomination if all the conservatives and tea party supporters backed him as the one candidate against Romney.

Santorum and Gingrich are appealing for support from the same bloc of conservative voters. In Michigan, where Gingrich didn't actively compete, the former speaker earned 6 percent of the vote. Romney beat Santorum by roughly 3 percentage points.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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