New Hampshire voters hammer Santorum over his views

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January 8, 2012

By Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is trying to get New Hampshire conservatives to fall in love with him.

But in so doing, he’s reminding some independents, and certainly Democrats, exactly why they fell out of love with him in his home state of Pennsylvania, where he was ousted from office by more than 17 points in 2006.

At a campaign stop Thursday, he got into a verbal sparring match with a college student about same-sex marriage, after suggesting an equivalence between same-sex relationships and polygamy.

Ever since, Santorum has faced a series of confrontations — and some heckling — over his opposition to same-sex relationships and abortion.

And there are some signs this reception in a state where same-sex marriage is legal is taking some of the spring out of the momentum Santorum picked up by nearly winning the Iowa caucuses Tuesday.

A new Suffolk University/7News tracking poll of voters likely to take part in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary showed that following the widely televised exchange with the college student, Santorum’s support, which had been rising, had appeared to plateau.

To read more, visit:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-hampshire-voters-hammer-santorum-over-his-views/2012/01/07/gIQA0TZphP_story.html

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