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Santorum and Flavors of the Month
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Ron Paul won the Value Voters straw poll by a handsome margin this weekend and Herman Cain continued his momentum by finishing second. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza asks if Rick Santorum’s strong third place finish shows any momentum on the part of the former Pennsylvania senator’s candidacy:

Santorum seems the more likely option. He finished a solid third at the Values Voter Summit over the weekend – a sign of a spark of momentum? – and has a campaign team on the ground in Iowa. Add to that the fact that he is a down-the-line social conservative with a voting record during more than a decade in Congress to back it up and it’s possible that Santorum is the next best choice to fill the lingering void among conservatives.

“I think Santorum is the next flavor,” predicted one senior Republican strategist not aligned with any of the candidates. “But if Cain can prove he has some endurance, he may become a flavor that hangs around a while.”

It’s worth noting that “flavor of the month” Herman Cain is recovering from a previous rapid rise and fall, and that Cillizza says the Republican sources he talked to for this piece still think Rick Perry will be the nominee.

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