Santorum Leads in Vanderbilt Poll, Headed to Fundraise in Nashville

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum received cheers on Saturday in Chattanooga after calling President Barack Obama a “snob” for his views that every American child should go to college.

Chattanooga Councilman Andrae McGary, who considers himself an independent, was one of the 1,500 people to attend the Tea Party rally.

“There is this hard move to the right, and a lot of the statements that are being made are only appealing to that particular demographic, which I find very concerning.”

However, Santorum’s message does appear to be resonating with Tennessee voters. A poll sponsored by Vanderbilt University was released over the weekend. It shows Santorum with a significant lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. However, even more told pollsters that they believe Romney has the best shot at beating the President in the general election.

Political science professor John Geer says the Republican race remains “fluid,” pointing out that the last Vanderbilt poll had the Tennessee frontrunner as a candidate who is no longer in the race – Herman Cain.

Santorum will head to Nashville on Wednesday for a fundraiser at the home of Kelley and Lee Beaman. The Beaman Automotive CEO says he has already “maxed out” for Santorum, though he previously believed the former Pennsylvania Senatory couldn’t win. In a message to other potential donors reported by The Tennessean, Beaman writes, “I’m happy to say I was wrong.”

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