Senator Rick Santorum during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.NEW HAMPSHIRE – Republican White House candidate Rick Santorum has come within eight votes of winning Iowa, but faces an uphill battle against frontrunner Mitt Romney next week in New Hampshire.
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Fresh off his strong finish in Iowa, Mr Santorum, a staunch Christian conservative, was greeted by a large crowd at a town hall in New Hampshire, reflecting his new-found attention from voters and media.

He said campaign contributions were pouring in, and his campaign headquarters said phones were ringing off the hook with supporters eager to volunteer for the former Pennsylvania senator.

But Mr Santorum faces a tough battle in New Hampshire, where support for Mr Romney runs high and where he will have to convince more moderate voters that he can defeat President Barack Obama in the November presidential election.

”A lot of folks are trying to tell you there is this guy who is going to win,” Mr Santorum said, referring to MR Romney, who holds a commanding lead in opinion polls.

”Do not pay attention to what the polls and pundits say. Don’t trust them, trust yourself,” he said.

He is likely to get some help from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who blamed attack ads by Romney allies for his fourth-place Iowa finish.

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