The way I figure it, Rick Santorum would be the second choice among most of those who will vote for Newt Gingrich in next week’s Illinois Republican primary election.
If that’s the case, Gingrich likely will help Mitt Romney avoid a loss to Santorum in the Prairie State.
You see, THIS POLL (with a stated margin of error of 2.2. percentage points) shows Romney six points ahead of Santorum, 37-31, with Gingrich garnering 14 percent of the vote. If three-fourths of the votes for Gingrich went to Santorum instead, the former Pennsylvania senator would win.
UPDATE: On second thought, perhaps I’m wrong about this.
Gallup says HERE that Santorum and Romney are tied for second choice among Gingrich voters. I don’t suppose that the situation in Illinois would be greatly different from what Gallup sees among Republican voters nationwide.