Road to NH Primary Bumpy for Santorum, Romney

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The Republican presidential candidates will square off in a pair of televised debates Saturday and Sunday in Manchester, N.H.

On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls for the first primary election of the campaign season. Meanwhile, several of the candidates are hitting a few bumps on the campaign trail in the state -- even the frontrunner.

"We got the grassroots. We got the grassroots. We got the people. I mean look at this. We have a lot of energy and enthusiasm we feel very very good about this thing," former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said.

**CBN News Political Correspondent David Brody will be at this weekend's GOP debates.  Be sure to check his blog, The Brody File, for more insight. Watch for his story on Monday's "The 700 Club." Check your local listings.

Santorum's grassroots campaign is picking up speed. He's now raised at least $2 million in the 48 hours since his surge in Iowa caucuses that landed him a close second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Still, his conservative message has hit a snag in New Hampshire.

At one of Santorum's campaign stops, members of the audience booed the former senator for his stand supporting traditional marriage.

"So anyone can marry anybody else? So anybody can marry several people? I'm happy to engage in a discussion. And I'm going to call on people and give them a chance to answer. But we're going to have to have a civil discussion or we're going to move on to another question, okay?" Santorum told the crowd.

Meanwhile, Romney has a double-digit lead over all of his opponents in New Hampshire.

"I think this president believes in something some call crony capitalism," Romney said of the nation's commander in chief.

However, the former Massachusettes governor is also running into trouble in his own backyard. His hometown paper, The Boston Globe, endorsed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman over him.

"I'm out working and earning your support. I just have a request of you. I want your vote," Huntsman said during an appearance.

Huntsman skipped the Iowa caucuses and is betting everything on the New Hampshire primary.

His supporters are also running several television commercials attacking Romney's record.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is also targeting Romney. After his poor performance in Iowa, Gingrich is putting it all on the line, believing the New Hampshire can make the difference for his campaign.

"Romney's economic plan, timid. Parts of it virtually identical to Obama's failed policy," he said.

The latest poll numbers show Santorum has a slight bump in support in New Hampshire.

This story originally aired on Friday, January 6, 2012

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