Santorum: Hope is in Iowa, not poll numbers
November 12th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Hope is in Iowa, not poll numbers

(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who's struggled to break into the double-digits in national and state polls, said Saturday that he'll see victory in the early voting contests, not in his poll numbers.

"I think we're going to win Iowa. I'm feeling better about that every single day," the former Pennsylvania senator said on a campaign stop in South Carolina. "It's not going to show up in the polls. My projection is we'll never be ahead in the polls prior to caucus day."

Santorum has made Iowa, which holds the nation's first presidential contest, the primary focus of his campaign and touts visiting all 99 counties of the Hawkeye State.

Despite his efforts, he still registers in the mid-single digits in polls measuring support in the state. According to a recent CNN/Time/ORC Poll, Santorum came in seventh out of the eight candidates listed, taking 2% of support among Republican voters in Iowa.

A Des Moines Register Poll, also released at the end of October, showed Santorum with 5% in the state.

Santorum made headlines, however, when he won the backing of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, an organization that bills itself the “the nation’s oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization.”

He received the endorsement at the group's Presidential Preference Convention in Des Moines at the end of October.

"We're building. We're the candidate on the rise in Iowa right now, and it's among activists," he said. "It's not going to show up in the polls."

Santorum will face seven other Republican presidential candidates in a debate on foreign policy and national security in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday night.


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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Santorum is no longer a senator from his home state for a very good reason. He's wacko.

    November 12, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Steve Baker

    Rick, I have 2 words for you – Terri Shaivo

    November 12, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If he is going to win the nomination, he is going to need more than hope. I don' think that he is going to make it. It is likely that he will drop out by the 5th primary or sooner.

    November 12, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. thomas

    Denial is a revier in Egypt !

    November 12, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    GO HOME Santorum.

    November 12, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. CheeseSteak

    What a disturbed POS he is.

    November 12, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Dubya

    Google "Santorum"

    November 12, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Dubya

    Jeebus told Sanorum to run. Jeebus also told Cain, Perry, Bachman, and Romney to run. Clearly, God has a great sense of humor.

    November 12, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Tired of the nonsense

    Republicans winning in Iowa??

    Well, you got trouble, my friends.
    Right here in River City.

    November 12, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Real Patriot

    This Boy is Done....He never had a chance....except in the in TeaOP

    November 12, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. allens

    what a fool. i wish he could see himself as most of america does.

    November 12, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. gt

    he gets hammered in his own state by 16% ... go away looser

    November 12, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    I take back about the overpopulator knowing about jerry sandusky, but his family values award foundation gave a child rapist a plaque that says . . . .
    "Its philosophy is simple: it is easier to develop a child than to rehabilitate an adult," read the citation in the awards dinner program from Sept. 24, 2002. "
    In other words somebody will rehabilitate sandusky as soon as he is sent to jail where he belongs. Then again . . . . . this guy is never going to be president so who cares what he has to say.

    November 12, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. csm

    Hey Rick! You have ZERO chance... just like Bachmann or Romney...

    November 12, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. TCAROS

    Here's Rick's strategy.. it's called fantasy. He thinks low poll numbers mean he's winning. Just like PA race he lost.
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    "We're building. We're the candidate on the rise in Iowa right now, and it's among activists," he said. "It's not going to show up in the polls."

    November 12, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. TCAROS

    You've gotta love the eternal optimism of a complete idiot. He needs to go back to that "republican think tank" he joined after losing his Senate seat. Obviously "republican' and "think tank" is an oxymoron.

    November 12, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. roro

    Hope, New Hope that is, is in Pennsylvania – you know – the state that threw you out long ago, and for very good reason.

    November 12, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. steven craniac

    I really think the only real viable candiddate in this GOP freak show is Romney, but Santorum has been decent if your taste runs to these conservative whack jobs......he makes a helluva lot more sense to me than clowns like Bachman, Perry, Gingrich or the groper (Herman)......

    November 13, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  19. Real Patriot

    What's Rick doing with his hand????

    November 13, 2011 04:37 am at 4:37 am |