But Mitt Romney has more than twice the number of delegates as his main challenger; and Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich remain in the race.

Even after Rick Santorum won in Louisiana, anAssociated Press article in the New Orleans Picayune noted that Santorum still “dramatically lags behind (Mitt) Romney in the hunt for delegates.”

The New York Times lists the delegate count like this:

  • Romney            568*
  • Santorum          273
  • Gingrich            135
  • Paul                    50

That means Romney is nearly halfway to the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

But Santorum’s win was part of a pattern, according to an Associated Press article in the New Orleans Picayune:

“The under-funded underdog has tended to win in Bible Belt states that include Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.”

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