Republican operative Todd Harris says it's important — and increasing difficulty — for a campaign to control its message with the rise of super PACs, outside groups, tabloid political journalism and instant news cycles
"About the only thing you can control is what comes out of the candidate's mouth," Harris says. "Except when you can't."
Rival Romney's campaign has seized on another consequence of Santorum's disorganization: his delegate problem. The former Pennsylvania senator didn't file paperwork properly and is eligible for only 45 of Ohio's 63 delegates up for grabs Tuesday, according to the Romney campaign. Santorum also isn't on the ballot in Virginia and won't be eligible for all of the delegates in several other states that vote after Super Tuesday.
"In a basic organizational test needed to combat Obama, he's flunked," Romney campaign general counsel Ben Ginsberg said on a Saturday conference call.
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