Rick Santorum’s delegate woes: Trying hard in some states; in others, not so much Wapo ^ | 030812 | Felicia Sonmez Rick Santorum’s delegate woes: Trying hard in some states; in others, not so much - Election 2012 - The Washington Post Rick Santorum won’t be winning any delegates in four of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts next month. But, at least in the 13th District, it won’t be because he didn’t try. Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Julie Denesha/Getty Images)On Jan. 6, the state filing deadline, a Santorum volunteer had brought to the board of elections an envelope containing nominating petitions for a slate of three Santorum delegates in the 13th, the State Journal-Register reports. But the petitions were never submitted. A volunteer inadvertently failed to take them out of the envelope, the Journal Register reports, and the envelope wound up in the trash. Even if those petitions had been handed in, the Journal-Register story said, it’s possible they would have been challenged. The Santorum camp was only able to round up some 50 signatures for its slate of delegates in the district, well short of the 600 required. All in all, the Santorum campaign’s organizational missteps mean that it is already at a deficit of at least 30 delegates in the races playing out over the next month – even before voters in those contests have cast their ballots... In some states, such as Alabama, the Santorum campaign has tried, but apparently not hard enough. According to Shana Kluck, communications director for the Alabama Republican Party, more than 200 people are running in next Tuesday’s primary to serve as national convention delegates for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. A similar number are running to win spots as delegates for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), followed by former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Santorum? Forty-three. “He’s missing four spots,” Kluck said – two spots in the 7th District and two at-large delegate spots – meaning that even if Santorum wins big in the state next week, he won’t be eligible for all of Alabama’s 47 bound delegates. And then in some places, such as the District of Columbia, Santorum’s camp hasn’t even tried at all. When Republican voters in the District go to the polls on April 3, they’ll find four names on their primary ballot: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney ... and Jon Huntsman. There were two ways to get on the ballot in the District. The Romney and Huntsman campaigns both took the first route – submitting a minimum of 296 signatures and a $5,000 fee to the District Republican Party. The Gingrich and Paul campaigns took the second route – bypassing the petition process and paying $10,000 to the District party. Santorum’s campaign opted for neither, forfeiting a shot at the District’s 16 delegates up for grabs next month. “We were never contacted by the Santorum campaign,” said Alysoun McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the D.C. Board of Elections. Santorum is down 16 delegates in the District, four in Alabama and 10 in Illinois, where he failed to submit delegate slates in the 4th, 5th, 7th and 13th districts. (Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ... Santorum has another Ohio problem in Illinois, but with the fact that Romney will likely beat him with about 5+ here in mind. Santorum is the most disorganized canidate in the race! A joke.