Rick Santorum Surges In Polls With 16 Percent Iowa Voters

Rick Santorum – Rick Santorum may be getting his shot at the spotlight — in the nick of time. He’s been struggling for months to gain traction in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The former Pennsylvania senator has moved into third place in Iowa, according to a new poll commissioned by CNN and Time magazine.

It couldn’t come at a better moment for Santorum. The social conservative, who has languished in most opinion polls, could use the momentum from a surge to sustain his campaign after January 3, when Iowans choose their nominee.

That would be the latest twist in a nominating contest that has been punctuated by a rotation of “in” candidates seen as an alternative to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, around whom social conservatives have failed to coalesce.

Pizza executive Herman Cain, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann have each had rises and falls, respectively.

But Santorum has stayed consistently low in the polls, until now.

“We’ve always felt we could trust the people of Iowa, that when they got down to the time they were going to look at all the candidates and measure up to people they’ve had the opportunity to see, that they would do well,” Santorum said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.

Romney came in first place in the poll, ahead of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who came in second.

Santorum earned the support of 16 percent of Iowa voters surveyed by the news organizations, compared to 25 percent for Romney.

The GOP candidate has virtually moved to Iowa, concentrating his hopes on the state’s social conservatives who share his strict opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

Rick Santorum has visited all 99 of Iowa’s counties and courted every leading religious group in the state, campaigning regularly in the diners, town halls and community centers that are so crucial to the type of personal contact that Iowa voters demand.




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