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Rick Santorum Has Just One Voter at Iowa Event
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At first, I thought this article was hilarious. After all, has there ever been a campaign stop in history so poorly attended, outside of one staged on an episode of Veep?

And then, the more I thought about it, the sadder the idea of only one voter showing up at an Iowa campaign stop became. I mean, I knew that Rick Santorum was facing a climb far further uphill than he seemed to be anticipating, as the landscape he’s running in has changed dramatically even since 2012, but even I thought that Iowa, a state where Rick Santorum’s brand of politics is almost archetypal, would give the be-sweatered former Senator some love.

But, alas, it was not to be.

At first, one was the loneliest number for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday.

Just one Iowan showed up at 2 p.m. campaign stop Monday at a restaurant in the unincorporated community of Hamlin, population 300, according to a report from The Des Moines Register — Peggy Toft, an insurance agent who chairs the county’s Republican Party.

“We didn’t have a lot of notice that he was going to be there,” Toft said in a telephone interview with POLITICO, explaining the low turnout.

The worst part of the story? Peggy Toft isn’t even sure she’s voting for Santorum. She just turned up to ask a couple of questions. As an Iowa voter, she takes her role as a first-in-the-nation voter very seriously and she’s still examining all of her options. If she does decide to campaign actively for Santorum, even just on the day of the caucus, she could, conceivably convert several votes for him, so there’s at least that bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

Santorum is obviously suffering from the sheer number of options the Republican party has going into this primary. Iowa, which is not representative of the rest of the country but can give more obscure candidates a leg up on the East and South, is key for Santorum to survive the long haul. So far, that doesn’t seem possible, but it’s still really early. There still plenty of sleeveless sweater time ahead.

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