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Secret To Santorum's Success In Minnesota

February 8, 2012, 5:04 PM by Brady Mallory

Secret To Santorum's Success In Minnesota
LUVERNE, MN - Rick Santorum swept Minnesota with 45 percent of the vote, beating apparent front runner Mitt Romney by about 28 percent.  According to the Rock County auditor, Santorum had 84 percent of the vote.

Taking a break from lunch at the Luverne Pizza Ranch, Michael Lindsey shares his excitement over Santorum getting a piece of the presidential pie.

"I'm fairly conservative and very active in my church. I'm an elder in my church and he just matches my political and personal beliefs of faith and everything," Lindsey said.

According to the New York Times, Santorum did very well in rural areas of Minnesota.  He received 143 of 171 votes in Rock County, doubling the turnout from the last caucus.

Idella Remme was among 500 people who saw him speak at the Palace Theatre. The event was supposed to be at the Pizza Ranch where she works, but Santorum-fever changed the plans.

"Couldn't do it at the Pizza Ranch, not big enough. We could've, but we would've been walking on each other. That wouldn't have been good," Remme said.

Some of the people said Santroum owes his big win in Minnesota, and its 40 delegates, to the people in places like Luverne.

"Him going into smaller towns has helped him to go on and everyone was counting him out. You look at last night it was Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado. He swept all those states!" Remme said.

Like Santorum, it might easy to count Minnesota out when it comes to creating a strong presidential candidate. Spending time in these smaller towns, however, could give him what he needs to get the attention of more voters in the bigger states.

"I'm hoping he'll get enough power to make a broker convention and maybe he could make a deal with a lesser candidate like a Gingrich and edge Romney out," Lindsey said.

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