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Santorum Gets an Iowa Bump

As expected, Rick Santorum’s extremely close second place finish in Iowa gives him a noticeable bump in the polls. Gallup’s national tracking poll found Santorum at just 6 percent in its tracking polling from 12/26-1/2. Now, just two days later, with the tracking poll including some post-Iowa numbers, Santorum is up to 11 percent in Gallup’s polling from 12/28-1/4. That is more than double what Santorum’s support had been only a week ago. His support in the tracking poll is also likely to increase over the next few days as the poll is based on only post-Iowa data.

Conversely Newt Gingrich’s numbers suffered as a result of his disappointing fourth place finish in the caucuses. Over the same time period, his support dropped from 23 to now only 19 percent.

Santorum is also experiencing a bit of a surge in New Hampshire as well. The Suffolk University tracking poll released January 2nd had Santorum at only 3 percent. Their poll out today has him at 8 percent. That is some impressive gains but Santorum is starting in a deep hole in New Hampshire with less than a week to go. He will need to gain almost two percent of support a day just to beat Ron Paul for second place.

The Iowa caucuses has been a boon for the Santorum campaign, it just might not be enough for a candidate that is building from a very small base of support and campaign structure to begin with.

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Santorum Gets an Iowa Bump

The Santorums enthused (photo: Gage Skidmore)

As expected, Rick Santorum’s extremely close second place finish in Iowa gives him a noticeable bump in the polls. Gallup’s national tracking poll found Santorum at just 6 percent in its tracking polling from 12/26-1/2. Now, just two days later, with the tracking poll including some post-Iowa numbers, Santorum is up to 11 percent in Gallup’s polling from 12/28-1/4. That is more than double what Santorum’s support had been only a week ago. His support in the tracking poll is also likely to increase over the next few days as the poll is based on only post-Iowa data.

Conversely Newt Gingrich’s numbers suffered as a result of his disappointing fourth place finish in the caucuses. Over the same time period, his support dropped from 23 to now only 19 percent.

Santorum is also experiencing a bit of a surge in New Hampshire as well. The Suffolk University tracking poll released January 2nd had Santorum at only 3 percent. Their poll out today has him at 8 percent. That is some impressive gains but Santorum is starting in a deep hole in New Hampshire with less than a week to go. He will need to gain almost two percent of support a day just to beat Ron Paul for second place.

The Iowa caucuses has been a boon for the Santorum campaign, it just might not be enough for a candidate that is building from a very small base of support and campaign structure to begin with.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (http://jwalkerreport.blogspot.com/).

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