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Rick Santorum: Will Iowa 'rocket boost' propel him in New Hampshire? (VIDEO)

For Rick Santorum, a near-tie with Mitt Romney in Iowa shows strength among evangelical conservatives. But New Hampshire is different, and Santorum has just six days to make his mark.

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After a solid showing in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum says he's ready to continue to his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum and Mitt Romney were in a dead heat late Tuesday night.
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Rick Santorum may have gotten a “rocket boost” out of Iowa, as one political commentator puts it, but next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary could bring him back to earth.

His near-tie with Mitt Romney in Iowa can certainly help the former Pennsylvania senator outperform his polling in the Granite State – just 5 percent support in a Suffolk University poll conducted among likely GOP voters on Jan. 1 and 2.

But with little money and a small organization on the ground here, a week is not much time to capitalize on the surge of attention he’ll receive. And the demographics here aren’t as natural a fit for Mr. Santorum’s socially conservative message as they were in Iowa.

The support Santorum has galvanized here is largely based on his antiabortion stance, but there are fewer voters here for whom that’s a top priority, political science experts say.

“The independents here are going to make a big difference, and I don’t believe Santorum plays as well [with them] as he does with the corn-fed evangelical Christians in Iowa,” says Patrick Griffin, an unaligned Republican strategist and senior fellow at St. Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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