Second Look: Rick Santorum Attracting Larger Crowds in Iowa


By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press December 28, 2011

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a town hall meeting at the Fort Dodge GOP Headquarters, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Rick Santorum isn’t going down without a fight. In fact, that fight might be lifting him up.

The Republican presidential candidate who may have logged more miles than any other this year is more likely these days to be grinding it out on the campaign trail than trumpeting the buzz he’s stirring among Iowa’s conservative voters a week before the Jan. 3 presidential caucuses.

“We feel good,” Santorum, a long-overlooked candidate in the GOP race, said with a thin smile as he left a midday campaign stop Tuesday in Mason City, seemingly hesitant — at least publicly — to buy into the notion that he’s on the rise.

There are hurdles. His cash-strapped campaign has only just started running TV ads, and his organization is small in a state whose contests rely on the ability of campaigns to turn out a slew of supporters.

Still, there’s evidence that Iowa Republicans, many of whom are still undecided and looking for a conservative candidate, may be starting to give the former Pennsylvania senator a look at just the right time.

“Rick Santorum could be a real surprise,” said former Dallas County GOP Chairman Rob Taylor.

In recent days, Santorum’s crowds have started growing as he rallies conservatives with a pit bull’s pugnaciousness, and just a touch of anger.

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