Santorum: If I'm Last in Iowa, I'll Drop Out
But he's confident that won't happen
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Rick Santorum speaks during a town hall meeting at the Fort Dodge GOP Headquarters Tuesday in Fort Dodge, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – He won't be accused of raising the bar too high, but Rick Santorum is nonetheless making a defiant pledge about the Iowa caucuses: "If I finish dead last behind the pack I'm going to pack up and go home," he tells radio station WHO, reports the Hill. Santorum has been running low in the polls from the start, but he's confident of avoiding a last-place embarrassment, notes CNN. "I feel very good that we're going to surprise a lot of people in how we finish." Click to read how one columnist thinks Santorum is due for a surge. And the Plum Line blog at the Washington Post says a third-place finish in Iowa is possible.