12 things to know about Rick Santorum

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Update, Feb. 3, 2016: Rick Santorum has decided to end his presidential campaign.

After former Sen. Rick Santorum announces his 2016 presidential run today, he’ll aim to recapture the political energy that propelled him to a surprisingly competitive 2012 run.

After all, Santorum, who once polled in the low single digits, won 11 Republican primary and caucus contests three years ago, including Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus.

But Santorum, who hasn’t occupied elected office since 2007, this time enters a hyper-competitive GOP presidential field.

Several of his competitors are already appealing directly to conservative, Christian voters concerned with social politics — the kinds of voters Santorum must woo to again win primaries.

Money is also a concern: Santorum simply didn’t have enough of it while battling Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, and a packed field in 2016 means big donors’ loyalties are likely to be even more divided.

Here’s more on Santorum’s political and financial history:

Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, Federal Election Commission, OpenSecrets.org, U.S. Senate, Wall Street Journal.

Image sources: Elvert Barnes/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Michael Vadon/Flickr

   

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