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Rick Santorum Heads to Iowa to Thank Supporters

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Iowa brought Rick Santorum glory -- belated glory, but glory nonetheless -- when he was finally proclaimed the winner of January’s Iowa caucuses.  Now, he’s heading back to thank those who helped him pull off the surprise win, launching a two-day trip there on Tuesday.

In addition to campaign events in Bettendorf and Dubuque on Tuesday, he will hold a thank you “meet-and-greet” barbecue lunch for his “Iowa supporters” in Iowa City.  

On Wednesday morning, he has an early event for a state representative in Cedar Falls and a morning press conference with Iowa conservatives in Coralville.  In the evening, he will hold another thank you barbecue for supporters in Windsor Heights.

While campaigning in Iowa, Santorum held town halls that lasted as long as any audience member still had questions, sometimes taking queries for two hours or more.  The former Pennsylvania senator will take a trip back down memory lane with another town hall on Wednesday, this time with congressional candidate Ben Lange.

The packed two days read like a campaign schedule for the candidate who dropped out in April, but spent the most time campaigning in Iowa, shaking hands and kissing babies, trying to earn a win there.  On caucus night, Romney was named the winner of the contest until the results were certified two weeks later, making Santorum the victor.

Santorum won’t be alone in Iowa on Tuesday: President Obama is campaigning in Cedar Rapids and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is heading there as well to bracket the president’s event and push their message.

The Red, White, and Blue Fund is Santorum’s hybrid political action committee and is sponsoring the Iowa visit.  During his primary campaign, the fund served as his superPAC, but now acts as his leadership PAC, promoting his political endeavors as well.

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