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Mr. Santorum steadily has built a reputation in Iowa as a reliable social conservative, an asset in the state that lifted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses.

He told an audience Wednesday that his campaign expects good news in the next two months; he has a shot at “coming out” of the Republican pack.

Bachmann: Can’t have nominee with ‘surprises’

MARSHALLTOWN — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says her party can’t have a nominee with “surprises” in his record, a jab at rival Herman Cain as he defends himself against allegations of sexual harassment.

The congresswoman from Minnesota told a meeting of Baptists in Iowa on Tuesday night that the GOP needs to have a candidate the party can trust.

Standing in the pulpit of a Marshalltown church, she told supporters, in her words, “This is the year when we can’t have any surprises with our candidate.”

Mr. Cain leads the most recent polling in Iowa. He has spent the week defending his tenure leading a trade organization and denying he sexually harassed female employees.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports