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Rick Santorum says Illinois 'can shake up' GOP race

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By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (AP) - Playing for another upset, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is urging conservatives to further upend the nominating contest by putting Illinois in his column.

Swamped in the state's ad battle, Santorum tells thousands in a Christian high school's gymnasium in Arlington Heights that they can, in his words, "shake up this race like no state can shake it up."

The former Pennsylvania senator is appealing to social and tea party conservatives in Illinois to take out their frustration in a state where the Republican Party has a poor track record and tilts toward the moderate.

Santorum says no one is expecting him to do well in Illinois. Friday is the first of two days he plans to spend campaigning in the state.

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