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Santorum Expected to Announce Pres. Campaign In Early June

May 24, 2011

Rick Santorum will make a major announcement in early June about his decision whether to seek the GOP nomination for president, a senior adviser for his campaign confirms to National Journal.

The former senator from Pennsylvania, who has formed an exploratory committee for president, is expected to say he will become an official candidate for president, launching his longshot bid for the GOP nomination. The adviser also confirms Santorum has accepted an invitation he will attend a GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire on June 13.

CNN first reported the news Tuesday morning.

News that the former Keystone State lawmaker is close to announcing his decision makes him just the latest candidate to declare their intentions in recent weeks. Many of them, like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, decided against a campaign. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty declared his presidential campaign Monday, two days after businessman Herman Cain made his run official during a rally in Atlanta.

Despite retaining strong appeal among social conservatives, Santorum's campaign will face an uphill climb. His political career suffered a severe setback in 2006 when, despite rising to the No. 3 position in Senate Republican leadership, he lost by nearly 20 points in his home state to Bob Casey.

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