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POLL: Will Rick Santorum Find New Life in Minnesota

Minnesota could be part of a big night for Rick Santorum, who seems to be the latest candidate to rise and challenge former Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP Nomination.

According to the latest Public Policy Polling conducted here, tonight's Minnesota Caucus could be one of three states to tip the way of former Sen. Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to the latest PPP numbers, Santorum holds a "small advantage with 33 perecent to 24 percent for Romney, 22 percent for Newt Gingrich, and 20 percent for Ron Paul."

A couple of reasons. One, Minnesota has a large Catholic contingent that identifies with Santorum, a Catholic, values on issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

Second, Santroum has an incredible following here, with a more than 70 percent "favorability" rating, vs. less than 50 percent for Romney, the current frontrunner for the nomination.

And it's not limited to Minnesota. Santorum is poised to pull away in Missouri, where he is currently polling above 40 percent. And in Colorado, he trails Romney, but buries former runner-up Newt Gingrich, who is fading fast.

The question? Will Santorum dominate here in Wright County, as expected? Will the Catholic and conservative base in the Sixth District push him over a centrist like Romney?

Could be a fun night to watch. .

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