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Santorum Attracts Overflow Crowd

Rick Santorum on Tuesday became the first presidential candidate to visit the Inland Northwest, just as national polls showed him at the top of the Republican field. In response to questions from reporters after a speech, Santorum downplayed the polls, noting that he had de-emphasized the same polls in recent weeks when they showed him behind. “We just have to earn it one state at a time,” he said. He added, however, that the boost “has helped us in fundraising.” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, spoke for about 35 minutes and answered audience questions for an hour more at the Hagadone Events Center in Coeur d’Alene. About 600 packed the room, and police turned away dozens of cars/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR photo: Santorum, right, with Hagadone Hospitality partner Jerry Jaeger in Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Will Mitt Romney attract the enthusiastic Idaho crowds that Rick Santorum did, when Romney comes to Boise Friday?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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