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Fresh off wins in Alabama and Mississippi Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum hopes to keep his surge in momentum alive here in Louisiana. At a fundraising event at the Lafayette Hilton, Santorum thanked voters for their continued support. 

"This campaign is about ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. Sort of like America - going out there and exceeding expectations, going out there and defying the odds because we believe in something that is bigger than ourselves. That's what America has always been about," said Santorum.  

Santorum's performance with a double win in the deep south over frontrunner Mitt Romney has his supporters making the argument he's the true conservative in the race.

"I think now he is broadening his message quiet a bit to all the other very important issues. The more people hear him, the more they will realize how qualified he is to be president," said one supporter.

"For me personally - he's the most socially conservative Republican in the race so that's why I'm voting for him," said one supporter.

"He did a great job of stating what he is and who he is and his intentions on sticking all the way through this - making a statement for the conservative cause," said one supporter.

Tuesday night's fundraiser was hosted by Lake Charles energy executive Bill Dore, who donated $1,000,000 dollars to Santorum's campaign. It's that kind of support Santorum will need as he continues his race to be the GOP's next presidential nominee.

At this time every vote counts as all the three of the other candidates - Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingritch - vow to stay in the race until the convention. As Louisiana voters prepare to cast their ballots, Santorum told them he's their man to help them recover from the economic hardships of the Gulf oil spill.  

"This is the heart of the oil and gas industry of the Gulf coast. And this administration almost put this town under with moratoriums, the delays in permitting that are getting worse and worse. Also the as a result of the ability for the men and women who go out and drill and service these wells are having a hard time earning an income and more importantly for them to get that oil and gas in to the shore so we can use it here in this country. We are seeing gas prices at what are expected to be historic highs. And yet this president almost put this whole region out of business because of extreme environmental policies of this administration," said Santorum. "And we wanted to be here in Lafayette to say to average folks who are struggling right now because of these energy prices we will put this town and region back to work so you can go back to work and have a better quality of life." 

Riding the wave of support, Santorum hopes that promise will get him the votes he will need in the bayou state. Louisiana's primary is Saturday, March 24th. Early voting is currently underway and runs through this Saturday, March 17th.

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