GOP Presidential Candidates eye their next contest
POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 8:09am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The Presidential campaign moves off the mainland this weekend.
Puerto Rico's primary is next.
They vote Sunday and the Republican candidates are there today and tomorrow.
Rick Santorum's back in Puerto Rico today after telling residents he'll push for statehood if they want it and if they make English the main language on this island.
Still reeling from surprise victories in Alabama and Mississippi, Santorum insisted he's not pressuring Newt Gingrich to drop out.
"I didn't ask Newt Gingrich to get into this race - I'm not going to ask him to get out of this race," Rick Santorum, Presidential Candidate.
Puerto Rico's delegates will only be winner take all if one of the candidates can get half its votes.
Mitt Romney's off today.
He'll be in Puerto Rico Friday after buying a million dollars' worth of ads in Illinois.
The Illinois primary is Tuesday.
With Santorum off the ballot in most of Illinois, Romney and Gingrich are fighting for the state's 54 delegates.
"If I'm a weak front runner, what does that make Gingrich? So I'm glad that I've got I think about twice as many delegates," said Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate.
"Santorum and I have drained most of his current treasury. But he can raise money from billionaires. We raise money from middle class people," said Newt Gingrich, Presidential Candidate.
Romney argues he's got broad based support but the southern primaries highlighted his problems winning over conservatives.