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Iowa secretary of state endorses Santorum

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen., Rick Santorum greets customers during a campaign stop at the Good & Plenty diner, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Barrington, N.H.
(AP Photo/Jim Cole
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen., Rick Santorum greets customers during a campaign stop at the Good & Plenty diner, Nov. 28, 2011, in Barrington, N.H.
(AP Photo/Jim Cole

UPDATED 12:12 p.m. ET

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz on Friday endorsed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for the Republican nomination for president.

The move is a much-needed pickup for Santorum but a disappointment for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had received the backing of Schultz -- who like Romney is a Mormon -- during the 2008 presidential race.

The endorsement also comes on the eve of Saturday's GOP debate in Des Moines. Despite an energetic push in Iowa -- he has visited all 99 of the state's counties -- Santorum has been in the low single digits in polls there.

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