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Santorum Surge Hits Hollis, N.H. UPDATE: Photos, Videos Added

Posted on | January 7, 2012 | 12 Comments

HOLLIS, N.H.
Set up in the Dunkin’ Donuts here at the intersection of Ash and Main Street, having just left anevent for Rick Santorum at the historic Lawrence Barn that was filled beyond capacity.

The first question Santorum got in an informal press conference outside the barn was about his “electability,” which he defended staunchly. I must urge everyone trying to predict the outcome in New Hampshire to put no stock in polls. There are still many undecided voters here and much of Mitt Romney’s support is “soft.”

Depending on how things go in the two debates — tonight on ABC and Sunday morning on  ”Meet the Press” — the Santorum surge could once against surprise everyone, as it did in Iowa, where he outperformed the final Des Moines Register final poll by 10 points.

I have photos and video and am now awaiting sufficient bandwidth for uploading. Bandwidth is a scarce commodity out here in the country.

In a few minutes, Santorum will appear at the Hollis Pharmacy and General Store, a traditional campaign stop for presidential candidates in New Hampshire. Mike Rogers of Granite Grok and I were the first members of the media to arrive there, and were greeted by owner Vahrij Manoukian, who promptly told us to park next door, as he wishes to leave space for the candidate’s entourage.

UPDATE: As I was sitting here, a woman walked in and said, “I know you! I’m ConservaGirl.”

UPDATE II: With his superior technological capacities, Mike has already got up an extensive photo post at Granite Grok about the Santorum barn event.

UPDATE III: Look at the crowd behind Santorum at the Hollis Pharmacy. Anyone who underestimates the surge does so at their peril:

At the Lawrence Barn event, Mara Liasson of NPR interviews a New Hampshirite in a purple hat:

UPDATE IV: Kaley, the barrista at Dunkin’ Donuts, is all about Ron Paul. Note the facial piercing. Just sayin’ …

A lot of reporters on the campaign trail spend their time interviewing “typical voter” types at every stop along the campaign trail:

Here we see a foreign news crew interviewing a Santorum supporter who, as it turned out, drove up from Massachusetts. So much for the “typical voter,” you see.

UPDATE V: Look at these videos of Santorum at the Hollis Pharmacy and tell me again why he can’t beat Mitt Romney:

Here is my interview with the owner of the Hollis Pharmacy, Vahrij Manoukian:

Just guessing by the name ending in “-ian,” he is Armenian. Some of the most patriotic Americans I know are Armenian, as are the Kardashian sisters.

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