Santorum cries foul over Romney's Ohio spending

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Dayton Christian School, Monday, March 5, 2012, in Miamisburg, Ohio. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum
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(CBS News) Steubenville, OH -- Rick Santorum spent much of his time in Ohio crying foul over being outspent by his rival Mitt Romney.

He told a crowd near Dayton Monday, "If I had the opportunity to have a 6 to 1 spending advantage given where we are in this race right now, this race wouldn't been close."

Later that day, in Cuyahoga Falls, the margin had widened. "When you have 12 million dollars and you can outspend someone 12 or 13 to one, you can stop and ignore answering the questions," said Santorum.

According to Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley, the supposed 12-to-1 spending advantage for Romney includes the total amount spent by the campaigns and the total for the super pacs supporting each of them.

Gidley claims the Romney campaign has poured in $4.5 million and that the super pac supporting him has aired $8 million in ads backing Romney in Ohio. Gidley tells CBS News that the Santorum campaign has spent $560,000 in Ohio and FEC filings show that the super pac supporting Santorum has poured in about $800,000. Based on those figures, Romney's advantage would be about 10-to-1.

But not so fast. FEC disclosures show that Restore Our Future, the super pac supporting Romney, has only spent about $3 million on the race in Ohio. And while the Romney campaign has not disclosed how much it has spent in Ohio, a Romney campaign source tells CBS producer Bonney Kapp that the figure is "not even close" to Gidley's $4.5 million claim.

Laura Strickler contributed reporting.

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