Pa. Senate Republicans back Santorum’s presidential bid

    Pennsylvania’s Senate Republicans are sounding their support for the state’s former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in the presidential primary campaign.

    Santorum has the support of 15 GOP senators who have decided to line up behind the former U.S. senator and congressman.

    Appropriations Committee Chair Jake Corman downplays Santorum’s low poll numbers, saying the 16-year veteran of Congress has a history of coming from behind to win political races.

    But Corman acknowledges it will take some serious strides to catch up with the campaign coffers of other Republican presidential hopefuls.

    “Obviously, fundraising is important. As the senator said when he came through the state last week, that most people get out of presidential races when they run out of money,” Corman said. “And so we’re going to the best we can to support him in that way as well.”

    Just about all the major GOP candidates have raised millions more than Santorum, whose campaign reported having raised about $580,000 at the end of June.

    Senate President Pro Temp Joe Scarnati said he hopes lining up home state support for Santorum will give his campaign “whatever little boost” possible.

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