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Santorum in Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday

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In the US, it’s Super Tuesday and the candidates for the Republican nomination to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency are on the final stretch to win over voters.

Rick Santorum spent the last hours before Super Tuesday in Ohio, a must-win state. Supporters at the Dayton Christian School were all fired up for his visit.

“I really like him a lot. I think he’s very sincere, he speaks from the heart. You can believe what he says,” said one woman who attended his rally.

The former Pennsylvania senator’s very conservative views have alienated many mainstream Republicans and independents. One group that Santorum doesn’t connect with are younger people.

“It’s not the strongest field, but I’m looking for the person who is most able to beat Obama in the fall,” said one student of Ohio State University in Colombus.

Four years ago, youngsters voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Barack Obama. So far, Santorum, the youngest Republican contender, hasn’t found a way to sway this crucial group into his camp.

“During the last two weeks, Rick Santorum has gradually lost ground to main rival Mitt Romney.
Only victory in Ohio can keep him in the race,” said Stefan Grobe, euronews’ Washington correspondent.

“But given his very religious and socially conservative ideas, whether he can convince this tolerant working class state is one of the big questions for Super Tuesday,” he added.