Is Rick Santorum's Support Fading?

If former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., runs for president — he is set to announce his intentions May 27 in Pittsburgh — he will face a tougher task than in 2012 when he won the Iowa caucuses.

Some Republicans think if Santorum enters the race he will only manage to divide social conservative voters. Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist who worked for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008, said Santorum's entrance will be good news for "establishment folks" like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is courting more moderate Republicans.

"He's [Santorum] got to understand that this isn't 2012 and he isn't competing against the B-team," O'Connell said. "He's really a poor man's Mike Huckabee, in the sense that he does very well with social conservatives and he does very well with the white working class who make under 65K. The problem is there are a lot of people competing in that arena."

Read more from Ryan Lovelace at The Washington Examiner

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