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Priebus: Santorum deserves credit, Romney could wrap up race soon

CREATED Apr 4, 2012

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  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (left) drew strong support from conservative Republicans. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (right) leaves Iowa with his image of inevitability intact. Image by Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is from Wisconsin, says the Wisconsin Primary was obviously a big night for Mitt Romney, and it could help him wrap up the GOP nomination soon.

However, Rick Santorum came close in the face of major endorsements for Romney.

"He's got a good message, and I think he deserves a lot of credit for running a really hard campaign.  He worked really hard.  I think a lot of people like that.  But I think in the end, obviously, you have to win."

Priebus says he thinks the race will be wrapped up in a month or so, and doesn't think there will be a brokered convention.

He also believes that if Santorum continues to fight for the nomination, a drown-out primary similar to that of now-President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

"A long primary process would actually create buzz and horsepower on your side of the aisle.  Look at Scott Walker and Ron Johnson.  They came through some tough primaries a year and a half ago, and they went on to win."

Priebus also claims that the eyes of the nation are on Wisconsin's political scene as both a reflection of the nation's attitudes and a predictor of what could happen nationally in politics.

"Wisconsin is the epicenter of almost all political activity, it seems.  People around Washington, around the country, really do look at Wisconsin as the real test case for where the electorate is at," said Priebus.

"Whoever wins Wisconsin is going to have some real bragging rights."