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How Much Should We Read Into Santorum's Iowa Surge?

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Senator Rick Santorum, R-PA, is interviewed at a Starbucks in Washington DC on Thursday, December 30, 2010.(Chet Susslin)

The Republican bubble has finally lifted Rick Santorum, at least to third place in one state.

For a while it looked like he'd be the only GOP presidential candidate to miss out on his personal rise-and-fall saga. Now comes a CNN poll showing Santorum with 16 percent of the vote in Iowa - 2 points higher than a rapidly fading Newt Gingrich.

The comparison with a CNN poll earlier this month is striking. 

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