Cajun Campaign Bash Bonanza: On to Louisiana

GETTYSBURG, PA - MARCH 20: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum gestures while addressing supporters during an Illinois primary night event at the Gettysburg Hotel on March 20, 2012 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Santorum lost the Illinois primary to Mitt Romney, and plans to travel the next several days in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Photo: Patrick Smith/2012 Getty Images

Rick Santorum lost big in the Illinois primary tonight. After his concession speech, he touted his Big New Idea “freedom” to let his Twitter followers know what he’s up to next: “Thank you to our supporters in Illinois. We’re taking this fight for freedom next to Louisiana.”

That’s for sure. Romney outspent Santorum by a factor of seven to one in Illinois advertising this week, but Santorum has beefed up his fund-raising in the Bayou State. The Red Blue and White Fund, a super PAC supporting Santorum, has helped raise almost $500,000 for local advertising.

Romney’s super PAC Restore Our Future has committed $600,000. Winning Our Future, the pro–Newt Gingrich (remember him?) super PAC, has raised $50,000 for advertising.

Romney and Santorum will battle for Louisiana’s precious 46 delegates this Saturday. The Wall Street Journal’s delegate tracker clocks Romney in at 563 and Santorum at 261 after tonight’s primary. After Louisiana, it’s still far from over: The Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Wisconsin primaries are April 3.

But first: If Romney amps up his fund-raising and drastically outspends Santorum again, prepare for a lot of complaints about victory by way of a “Louisiana purchase.” Which of our zany GOP hopefuls might use that opportunity for an obscure yet grandiose historical analogy?

Cajun Campaign Bash Bonanza: On to Louisiana