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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is the only Republican presidential candidate who hasn’t spent a few glorious days at the top of the polls, but now he’s hoping for a last-minute surge in Iowa. And why shouldn’t he?

Santorum oozes accomplishment — elected to the Senate in 1994 at the age of 36, he spent his last six years as the third-ranking Republican in the body before he was voted out in 2006. He’s camped out in Iowa for months courting local political and religious leaders, recently receiving endorsements from some of the most influential social conservatives in the state. He’s performed well in debates, and, unlike Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, he has a perfect record on issues like abortion and marriage: in 2003, while still in office, he famously said that “if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to [gay] consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

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