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On hold santorum's political resurgence following the devastating loss of his senate seat in Pennsylvania in 2006.
And he stressed today he had taken this campaign.
Farther than anyone expect.
Against all odds he won eleven states.
Millions of voters.
Millions of votes we want more counties and all the other people in this race combined.
Early on some analysts called him the Rodney Dangerfield of the GOP race a candidate who wasn't getting respect.
Rick Santorum began his campaign June 6 2011.
I'm running for president.
309 days later he bowed out but not before the former senator from Pennsylvania prove the pundits wrong.
Winning Iowa Missouri Minnesota Colorado.
Tennessee Oklahoma North Dakota Kansas Alabama Mississippi and Louisiana.
He received more than 3.2 million votes over the 37 contests so far.
In Santorum often pointed out he did so against a well funded opponent.
Tonight we had an opportunity to see what -- campaign looks like 11 candidate is and outspent five or ten to war.
By negative acts computing their integrity and distorting the record Santorum barely qualified for several debates at the beginning of the race.
-- only at around 1% in the national polls.
When the Republican field was more crowded he frequently complained about not getting enough attention because of a given these guys a lot of time not a whole lot of -- -- -- the right answer that yes I santorum's early strategy involves visiting all 99 Iowa county.
Emphasizing old fashioned retail politics.
Sometimes holding town hall meetings with only a few high -- in attendance.
This is the little engine that could campaign yet even when his hard work in Iowa paid off with a victory he wasn't recognized until eighteen days later.
Too late for a bump in New Hampshire and at a time when the candidates and the media were focused on South Carolina.
With Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich attacking one another santorum's campaign gain new life.
If it's true that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich created the conditions that enabled him to flourish.
But he had to do a lot of but the flourishing on his own he has -- managed to forge ahead when few thought he could.
And he's done so on fumes he -- a trifecta in early February Colorado Minnesota and Missouri the same night.
After coming close in Michigan and then Ohio two crucial wins for Mitt Romney.
Santorum one Alabama and Mississippi and cruise to victory in Louisiana.
We're still here and we're still fighting but in the end hopefully santorum's battles with the GOP nomination that ended in -- world that -- fourteen days before the state he represented for sixteen years of freedom went to the poll.
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