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  • Dennis J. Goldford, a politics professor at Drake University in Des Moines, said the emerging slate of candidates is more conservative than the 2012 field and that could make it harder for Mr. Santorum to expand upon his strong support among social conservatives.

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  • "Republicans and conservatives consider the Des Moines Register to be a liberal newspaper," Mr. Goldford said. "So they certainly tend not to take their guidance from what the Des Moines Register says. It not that the Register's endorsement would be a kiss of death necessarily for a candidate, but Republicans would not be disposed to pay a lot of attention to what the Register said anyway."

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