Boston Herald Article: Analysts: Rick Santorum could get ‘huge boost’

A 2nd Boston Herald Article featuring analysis from your grateful local analyst. I’ve got to throw some more love out to the local Orlando Journalist and Opinionators that make this sort of thing possible.

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A strong showing in Iowa by Rick Santorum could propel the former Pennsylvania senator back into the spotlight and give him the momentum to pose a stiff challenge to Mitt Romney as the pair head into early primaries in key Southern states, analysts said.

“Santorum could get a huge boost out of Iowa,” said Georgia-based Republican strategist Joel McElhannon. “I think Rick Santorum could become a very significant factor.”

Santorum, an early dark horse in the GOP primary who has flailed in polls, funneled much of his campaign’s resources into Iowa in a bid to build early momentum. But Santorum has largely ignored New Hampshire, has scant financial resources compared to Romney and has virtually no presence in South Carolina and Florida, where the race shifts after next week’s Granite State primary.

“His biggest challenge is he has no organization outside of Iowa,” McElhannon said. “He’s going to have huge logistical challenges to overcome.”

Still, some pundits believe Santorum could emerge as a viable conservative alternative to Romney in Southern states, especially in conservative strongholds concerned about the former Massachusetts governor’s right-wing credentials.

“The real question is, what if Santorum or (U.S. Rep. Ron) Paul catch fire and do well in South Carolina?” asked Florida GOP strategist Frank Torres. “Neither has an operation here in Florida. But that could change.”

A Democratic strategist added: “Santorum’s big problem is money. But he’s in the ball game.”

Article by Dave Wedge