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Santorum: S. Ill. has chance to 'outvote' Chicago

(Source: Arnold Wyrick) (Source: Arnold Wyrick)
(Source: Arnold Wyrick) (Source: Arnold Wyrick)
(Source: Arnold Wyrick) (Source: Arnold Wyrick)

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (KFVS/AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is honing in on a part of Illinois where he needs to run strong if he has hopes of a primary shocker on Tuesday.

The former Pennsylvania senator worked southern Illinois, where his social and tea party appeal is expected to go over well.

He told hundreds in a factory warehouse Saturday that they have the chance "to outvote your friends up in the Chicago area," where the GOP has a more moderate bent.

Rival Mitt Romney is favored to win the state, the latest battle in their competitive nominating race.

Santorum stepped up his criticism of Romney on a health care law he enacted as Massachusetts governor and compared him to Democratic President Barack Obama on several issues.

Santorum is schedueld to speak in Herrin at 7:30 p.m.

Arnold Wyrick is covering the event and will have more tonight on Heartland News.

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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