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Though a last-minute push among evangelicals in Iowa may have helped Santorum nearly win that state, the endorsements came from local leaders. It's difficult to know if the recent support from national leaders would have the same effect.

One aspect is certain: Romney's competitors must find a way to distinguish themselves from each other in order to win, especially if Ron Paul picks up more support after his second-place finish in New Hampshire. A Romney win in South Carolina could pave the way for a Florida primary victory on Jan. 31, but a loss could pave the way for a very different primary season, said Clemson political scientist David Woodard: "Holy cow, we'd have a race on our hands."

Editor's note: This article is an updated version of a feature that appears in the Jan. 28, 2012, issue of WORLD Magazine.

Listen to a report on the evangelical support for Rick Santorum on WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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