The Corner

Santorum’s Bounce

In Rasmussen’s latest poll of Iowa Republicans, Rick Santorum jumps four points:

He may not win, but he could surprise:

In a phone interview from Iowa — where he, as ever, is hosting coffee klatches and stopping by diner tables — Santorum tells National Review Online that his persistence appears to be paying off, with bigger crowds attending his events and more money pouring into his coffers. But he throws a little cold water on the notion that he will suddenly stomp to an upset victory in the Hawkeye State, propelled solely by grassroots enthusiasm. Sweat equity can do a lot in Iowa, where Santorum has visited all 99 counties — but in this cycle, with the polls fluctuating each week, nothing is guaranteed. His strategy, his wish, is that “slow and steady wins the race.”

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Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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