U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum raises his fist after speaking at a rally in Blaine February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
GRAND RAPIDS -- As Michigan voters head to the polls, Santorum's campaign says the primary is a victory regardless of who wins the state.
According to campaign strategist John Brabender, given Romney's roots in the state and funding advantages, Santorum never expected to be challenging as strongly as he is now.
Braebender says the primary is giving the campaign the momentum it needs moving towards Super Tuesday.
He also addressed the campaign's use of robocalls to Democratic voters. While Romney has slammed the calls as an effort to "kidnap" the primary, Braebender says Santorum has made it clear whoever wins the nomination will need the votes of "Reagan" Democrats to win the general election. He says Santorum was simply reaching out.
The former Pennsylvania senator spent morning meeting with supporters in the Grand Rapids area. He also appeared on some national shows, including the Glen Beck Radio show. Then, it was off to a rally in Ohio, the next big contest for the nomination.
Santorum is now back in Michigan. He is expected to arrive to a Grand Rapids watching party around 8 p.m. when polls close.
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