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Rick Santorum faces steep climb in second White House run

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Rick Santorum is preparing to launch a second presidential campaign.

   The aggressive advocate for conservative family values will announce his plans on Wednesday in his western Pennsylvania hometown. Santorum is all but certain to enter a White House contest that will test his clout in an evolving Republican Party.

   The former Pennsylvania senator won 11 states on his way to a second-place finish in the 2012 Republican primary election. Yet he faces considerable challenges the second time around.

   He may not have enough public support to qualify for the first Republican presidential debate in August. And he faces significant competition for his party's social conservative vote.

   Santorum says his experience would pay dividends the second time around. 
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