November 3rd, 2010
02:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum headed to New Hampshire

(CNN) - Hours after the midterm elections, a possible 2012 Republican presidential hopeful announced he's heading to New Hampshire later this week.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will make his sixth trip this year to the Granite State on Thursday, to headline the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and New England Council's "Politics and Eggs" series, according to Virginia Davis, spokeswoman for Santorum's political action committee, "America's Foundation."

Davis said Santorum will focus on the outcome of Tuesday's elections and "the road ahead for the Republican party."

New Hampshire plays a crucial role in the road to the White House, as it traditionally holds the first primary of the presidential primary season.

Santorum also made seven trips to Iowa during the midterm election cycle, and six to South Carolina. Both states play a crucial role in the race for the White House. Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential primary season, while South Carolina usually comes third or fourth on the calendar.

Earlier this fall, Santorum announced the formation of a political action committee in Iowa, the latest sign the Pennsylvania Republican is getting serious about a White House bid in 2012.

Santorum's case for the presidency is far from clear. The former two-term senator lost his 2006 re-election bid by 18 points and has been largely out of public view since then except for appearances on Fox News. Moreover, if he decides to make a bid for the presidency, he could face a potentially crowded field of candidates, including a string of better funded opponents with larger national political operations.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll released in August indicated that Santorum registered low single digits among Republican voters when it came to the choice for their party's next presidential nominee. Santorum was last among a list of potential GOP White House hopefuls listed in the survey.

Still, due in part to his strong opposition to abortion rights, Santorum remains popular with many socially conservative voters who have long had an influential role in the GOP primary process.

–CNN's Peter Hamby and Alex Mooney contributed to this story

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Clyde

    Santorum should do really well in white trash New Hampshire.

    November 3, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Robert

    There's got to be something in Pa's water... all these candidates trying again and again till they win.... like Toomey. Now Santorum the holier than thou.

    November 3, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. cjr

    americans sold out their country last night – we are now the united states of china. the 20-30 year olds have no future – middle class americans are out of luck jobs will continue to be outsourced – as of right now if you are unemployed that is your future. there will be no jobs created – you will lose your home- and you all voted for this you have given your country to the chamber and to a bunch of old bushies who really never cared about anyone but themselves. wait and see

    November 3, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Havildar

    Santorum or Satan as some call him would do as well as Palin both cut from the same cloth. Evil wins again.

    November 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |