Santorum hot on Romney's heels

Presidential candidate catches up with one-time frontrunner and former Massachusetts governor.

    Ahead of "Super Tuesday" on March 6, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appears to have caught up with the one-time frontrunner, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in the Republican primary races.

    Santorum's recent gains, including a 10 per cent lead over Romney in national polls, could herald a huge upset in the Republican race.

    A devout Catholic, Santorum has used his socially conservative views to win the support of Republican voters.

    Using his religious views on abortion as a basis, Santorum has said pre-natal tests should not be paid for by insurance companies and has called climate change "political science" based on "phony studies".

    Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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