NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Mitt Romney, it appears, has already given up on Louisiana. Though Louisiana hosts the most immediate contest in the Republican race, Wisconsin and Maryland will hold primaries on April 3 in what could be a crucial delegate gain for Romney's campaign -- and Rick Santorum knows this.
Red, White and Blue Fund hasn't spent a dime in Wisconsin, while Romney's campaign and supporting super PAC have highlighted the pivotal Midwestern state through most of the week. Though a pickup of another Santorum victory in a Southern state can't be overlooked, Romney's camp will likely downplay the loss as another tough sell in a region that hasn't warmed up to a Northern conservative. Romney needs the South in November if he hopes to win the presidency, but for now it appears he's concluded he can likely afford a Louisiana loss if it helps him score a vital Wisconsin victory. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >Contact by Email. >Follow Joe Deaux on Twitter. Subscribe on Facebook.