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Iowa: Santorum support swells

Posted at 9:20 AM on December 31, 2011 by Emily Kaiser
Filed under: Iowa

As GOP presidential candidates try to pull in final support for Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum seems to be gaining ground on the front-runners.

Previously considered an afterthought in this year's caucus, Santorum's campaign is attracting more attention as polls show growing voter support, money and attention from his competitors.

From MPR News reporter Catharine Richert:

After months of campaigning in Iowa but remaining at the bottom of the polls, Santorum is boasting about record-breaking fundraising, a dramatic twist for the former Pennsylvania senator, who until recently was an afterthought in this year's race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Now that his fortunes appear to be shifting, Santorum stands to snatch coveted Christian conservative votes from Rep. Michele Bachmann and, to some degree, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Like Santorum, both have been wooing the same socially conservative voting bloc with their positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, small government and the economy.

Listen to her full report:


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