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So long Santorum

April 10, 2012

Santorum in the race made the Republican primary infinitely more interesting and I don’t think it hurt Mitt Romney as much as some would have you believe.  Remember that Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton battled well into June, and it didn’t seem to hurt the future nominee.

Santorum was written off from the beginning as a small, under-financed organization, but he did work the grassroots of Iowa, often holding events with just a handful of people showing up.  His organization claimed he was the only candidate to visit all 99 Iowa counties.  But as the candidates rose and fell in the months leading up to Iowa — Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Rick Perry all took their turn as the poll leaders past Romney, Santorum soldiered on. He eventually won the Iowa caucuses, though that wasn’t apparent until after election night.  Romney was initially credited with the win, by a razor thin eight vote margin.

Don’t be surprised to Santorum pop up again in fouryears; the question is will he be challenging President Romney or looking to win the Whitehouse back after eight years of Democratic control?

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