Rick Santorum Campaign Stop Attracts Just Four People, But He's Not Sweating It

The former Pennsylvania senator sees a repeat of his successful 2012 strategy.

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) announces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president at Penn United Technologies May 27, 2015 in Cabot, Pennsylvania,

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On Monday afternoon, Peggy Toft, an insurance agent and county GOP chairwoman in Hamlin, Iowa, got to meet one-on-one with presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

She wasn't the winner of some campaign contest to meet the Republican former senator, who won the state's caucuses in 2012. Instead, she was just the only person who showed up (at first) to Santorum's weekday appearance in the township of less than 300, according to the Des Moines Register.

Eventually, as Santorum ate breaded tenderloins, the crowd swelled to four, less than half of the 10 he'd met with in nearby Panora earlier in the day, the Register said. But the crowds were attentive, according to the newspaper, and Santorum said the small numbers allow him to make the kind of one-on-one connections that led him a 34-vote win in the state last cycle.

"People don't understand. One guy in there said, 'I'll speak for you at the caucus,'" Santorum said, according to the Register. "That's maybe eight votes that you wouldn't otherwise get. Eight votes can make a big difference, as I know."

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