Santorum’s South Carolina “Underground” Strength

I haven’t seen anyone in the national media covering this, but… Rick Santorum’s (already formidable) grassroots organization in South Carolina is just the tip of the iceberg.

Santorum has been in South Carolina a lot over the past two years.  While other candidates have rolled through the state with over-produced campaign appearances that insulate them from all but the highest-level party leadership, Santorum has been in dozens (hundreds?) of living rooms and spoken at – and hung around after – every Republican meeting, breakfast or picnic.

(Stop me when this starts to sound familiar, Iowans.)

In other words, he’s met activists and spent one-on-one time with them.  If you’ve shown even a passing interest in Republican politics in South Carolina over the past two years, you’ve met Santorum and you’ve probably had an actual conversation with him.  (And you probably appreciate the fact that he’s shown the state more personal attention than all of the other candidates combined.)

So why the low poll numbers (so far) in South Carolina?  The most common refrain you heard at Santorum events in South Carolina over the summer and fall was: ”I really like Santorum, but I don’t think he has a chance.”

What if he does have a chance?

If Rick Santorum comes out of Iowa with momentum, watch for the numbers to spike in South Carolina and the Santorum yard signs to fly out of the campaign offices.

Rick Santorum has an unreported “just add water” campaign structure in South Carolina – people who have met him, who know him and who like him… but who have flirted with other conservative candidates because they never thought Santorum would still be around by the South Carolina primary.  (But they were hoping…)

Comments

  1. Terry Hardesty says:

    If you are a conservative, Santorum is the only choice with a consistent record that has at least statewide election success.

  2. Kathy Hughes says:

    Rick Santorum is exactly what we need in the White House. A Santorum Administration will give this country the leadership that it has lacked for almost three years, provide the moral compass that Americans are craving, and will restore confidence and pride in ourselves as a nation. He will never apologize for America. Rick Santorum will be America’s best ambassador.

  3. Mandy says:

    Where can I get Santorum yard signs? He is the true conservative in the race.

    • Kathy Hughes says:

      Mandy……You can pick up yard signs at the Santorum headquarters at 311 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. The office is opened from 9:00 until 8:00 pm.

  4. Tom Hatfield says:

    I have met Santorum on three seperate ocassions here on Hilton Head Island. To me
    there is no doubt that he would make an excellent President. Republicans tend to make two mistakes when picking a nominee; 1) It is someone’s “turn.” How we got Dole, McCain and now, perhaps, Romney. Not smart. 2) Secondly, Republicans look at the candidate’s “electability.” However, instead should focus on their policies on the important issues facing America. Lastly, “America does not need another great communicator. It needs a great leader. Hope you all agree. Tom H. Hilton Head, SC

  5. Janet Witte says:

    In Horry County, you can pick up signs at our new Grand Strand Rick Santorum Headquarters:
    315 Kings Highway South in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. You may get further info by calling 843-696-6334.

  6. Sally Berk says:

    The supposed “electability” criterion is simply moderate Republican establishment-ese for “we know what’s best for you and it’s Romney.” I disagree. McCain and Dole both lost.

  7. Rick says:

    In Greenville County, pick up your yard signs at 1537 Wade Hampton Blvd in Greenville, SC or call Tom Intorcio, Field Rep 303 349 9224.

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