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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Can Santorum Rally Anti-Romney Conservatives?

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — With Iowa Republicans preparing to head to their overheated church basements for the Jan. 3 caucuses, today’s NBC-Marist poll shows Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann in single digits, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich passing Texas Governor Rick Perry going the wrong way (down) through the low teens.

The poll also provides further confirmation of what everyone in Iowa is talking about — former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s timely surge. If it lasts, and Santorum lands in Iowa’s top tier, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will emerge from Iowa with something he hasn’t had through the previous months of this campaign: an articulate, socially conservative opponent who isn’t a clown and has a picture- perfect family life to rival Romney’s own.

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