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Santorum takes primary day in Mississippi and Alabama as chance to rest at home
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) ' Rick Santorum is spending early Tuesday with his family at their home near Washington as voters in Mississippi and Alabama weigh in on the Republican presidential field.
Santorum is set to fly later to Louisiana, which has its contest on March 24, for a rally in Lafayette that he hopes will turn into a celebration of a pair of victories in the deeply conservative states where he has spent much of the last week.
Santorum advisers are looking to best rival Newt Gingrich in his Southern stronghold and force him from the race so Santorum emerges as the chief opponent for campaign front-runner Mitt Romney.