Comparing Santorum’s and Romney’s Election Records Show Santorum has the Best Chance to Defeat Obama

 

By Brian Hughes

By comparison of Santorum’s and Romney’s election record it becomes clearly obvious that Santorum has a better chance at defeating Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama. While Rick Santorum has 2 wins against Democratic incumbents including 2 re-elections and 1 loss, Mitt Romney only has 1 win against a Democratic incumbent with no re-elections and 2 losses. Santorum is the best choice hands down for the Republican nomination to go up against Obama with a record of 4 wins to 1 loss in comparison to Romney’s 1 win to 2 losses.

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In 1990, at age 32, Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, located in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. He scored a significant upset in the heavily Democratic district, defeating seven-term Democratic incumbent Doug Walgren by a 51%-49% margin. Although the 18th District was redrawn for the 1992 elections, and the new district had a 3:1 ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans, Santorum still won re-election with 61% of the vote.

Santorum served in the United States Senate representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. From 2001 until 2007, he was the Senate’s third-ranking Republican. He was first elected to the Senate during the 1994 Republican takeover, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Harris Wofford 49% to 47%. He was re-elected in 2000, defeating U.S. Congressman Ron Klink by a 52%-46% margin.

Romney decided to take on longtime incumbent Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. In the November general election, despite a disastrous showing for Democrats overall, Kennedy won the election with 58 percent of the vote to Romney’s 41 percent, the smallest margin in Kennedy’s eight re-election campaigns for the Senate.

Romney was sworn in as the 70th governor of Massachusetts on January 2, 2003. Both houses of the Massachusetts state legislature held large Democratic majorities. Midway through his term, Romney decided that he wanted to stage a full-time run for president, and on December 14, 2005, Romney announced that he would not seek re-election for a second term as governor.

Mitt Romney lost to John McCain for the Republican Nomination in the 2008 Presidential race.

 

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