Santorum Wins Prominent Iowa Endorsement

URBANDALE, Iowa—Bob Vander Plaats, a prominent social conservative whom some in Iowa call a “kingmaker,” endorsed former Sen. Rick Santorum for president Tuesday and suggested other low-polling candidates should drop out of the race and support Mr. Santorum.

Mr. Vander Plaats said he hoped his endorsement would give a last-minute boost to Mr. Santorum, who is traveling the state on a shoestring budget. Although the candidate is a favorite of Iowa’s evangelical Christians, he doesn’t perform well in national or statewide polls. The most recent survey of likely GOP caucus-goers released by the Des Moines Register put his support level at 6%.

“Rick Santorum comes from us—not just to us, from us,” Mr. Vander Plaats said at a news conference here. He added that the candidate could be the “Huckabee of this race,” a reference to Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won over evangelicals and took first place in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.

via Santorum Wins Prominent Endorsement – Washington Wire – WSJ.

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