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This post is part of Election Projection's continuing series introducing each 2016 presidential candidate. Follow the link at the end for more information on Rick Santorum, including personal information, family status, education and past political experience, as well as links to Santorum's biography and ideological positions.

Throughout his career in politics, Rick Santorum has been the darling of social conservatives. He won a Senate seat from Pennsylvania during the Republican wave elections of 1994 and survived his first re-election bid in 2000. However, his fortunes had soured considerably by the time the 2006 election season rolled around.

In a very down climate for Republicans, Santorum chose not to distance himself from President George W. Bush, whose popularity stood at 38% in Pennsylvania. He also backed Arlen Specter in the 204 election to the chagrin of many conservatives. The result was a 59%-41% drubbing at the hands of Democratic State Treasurer Bob Casey, Jr.

Santorum hoped to revitalize his political career in 2012 when he jumped into the presidential race. He did very well that year, coming in second to GOP nominee Mitt Romney and winning 11 state primaries and caucuses along the way. He dropped out in April and gave his endorsement to Romney.

This year, Santorum hoped to improve on his second place finish four years ago, but things just haven't worked out well for his campaign. His polling numbers, like so many in the GOP field, barely register. It is just a matter of time before he ends his quest for the nomination. Even money says he does it before any votes are cast.

Republican Nomination Odds:  < 1%
30-day Trend:  Flat
Candidate Page:  Rick Santorum, 2016 Presidential Candidate

posted by Scott Elliott at 1:43pm 11/18/15 :: link
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