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News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA: KCAU-TV.comRick Santorum Still A Winner At IA Caucus: Siouxland Reacts

By Staci DaSilva twitter.com/stacidasilva “Game on!” said Rick Santorum. And with that, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum begins the next leg of his race. “I think this gives him a great launch into NH, SC, FL and eventually becoming our nominee,” said Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats. The election results when mapped out look like Santorum stole the show in Iowa. Pictured in purple, he won over many more smaller-populated counties than Romney. Vander Plaats said, “Iowans have always awarded people who show up and who go into their communities.” R. Doc Zortman, a Santorum supporter, said, “I think what it says is, he was underestimated. It also says that he made the effort to not just go to the large cities. He went to every small city.” And his appeal to Iowan evangelicals runs deep. Santorum said, “I've survived the challenges so far by the daily grace that comes from God.” “Rick Santorum looks at our issues through that lens of family,” said Zortman. But, for the future, some are thinking about Mike Huckabee's victory in 2008, when he swept the Iowa caucus but couldn't go any farther. Sioux City Attorney Suzan Stewart said,  ”I think if history is any indication, Santorum may be more of a Huckabee type phenomenon with Romney or maybe some of the other ones. Maybe Gingrich will start doing miraculous things.” Vander Plaats said, “But I also believe we need to learn from 4 years ago. Four years ago, we launched Mike Huckabee and then too many national leaders stayed on the sidelines because they weren't sure Huckabee could win.” Both Vander Plaats and Zortman say the future of Santorum's campaign depends on his endorsements.

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