Rick Santorum holds rally in Powell

Rick Santorum holds rally in Powell

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The crowd packed the church for the Rally for Rick event. The crowd packed the church for the Rally for Rick event.
Rick Santorum told the crowd he expects a big win in Tennessee. Rick Santorum told the crowd he expects a big win in Tennessee.
Santorum took time to greet supporters after his address. Santorum took time to greet supporters after his address.

POWELL (WATE) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum held a rally Wednesday in Powell.

The Rally for Rick event was at Temple Baptist Church. It was hosted by The Crown College of the Bible.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, was a little late to the event due to severe weather across the region. He told the crowd the wind is at his back heading into Super Tuesday and he expects to be "taking it all across the Super Tuesday states."

Early voting ended Tuesday in Tennessee. Election day is Tuesday, March 6.

He said he will repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare reform which he calls "Obamacare." He has described it as the biggest "threat to liberty in our country."

The people who came out to Santorum's speech said they're looking not just for a political leader, but a moral one as well.

"I agree with a lot of what he says and he's keeping the Bible and I think that's a really important thing," said Crown College freshman Elizabeth Bivens.

"He's looking out for the wealth of our country and the health of our country, our values," said Temple Baptist Church member Marge Rush.

The audience was enthusiastic and responsive to the Santorum message, applauding his views against abortion, entitlements and Obama's healthcare plan and for defense spending, the Keystone Pipeline and the Tea Party.

"We'd like to see the conservative people represented and our chance to take back government because we don't feel like Barack Obama has done a good job of representing the people," said Santorum supporter David Barron.

After surging in the polls, bolstered by the most ardent conservatives and people whose political views are strongly colored by their religious beliefs, Santorum was unable to take a victory in Tuesday's primary races in Michigan and Arizona.

Mitt Romney took 41.1% of the votes in Michigan to Santorum's 37.9%. In Arizona the margin was wider, with Romney winning 47.3% of the votes. Santorum had 26.6% of the votes.

However, a poll by Middle Tennessee State University shows him leading in Tennessee with 40% to 19% for Romney.

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