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Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum shakes hands with supporters after speaking at his primary-night event on January 21, 2012 in Mark Clark Hall at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Will a visit to North Texas on Wednesday help jump start former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s campaign? He is certainly hoping so. After languishing in the polls, Santorum is attempting to make another comeback on Tuesday night, as voters in several states head to the polls.

In Missouri, Santorum has surged ahead of front-runner Mitt Romney in the polls. While Newt Gingrich is slightly ahead of Santorum, he is not on the ballot there. Even though no delegates will be awarded in Missouri on Tuesday, if Santorum wins this big state, that could give him momentum and an argument to be made to conservatives: that he is the “anti-Romney” and true conservative in the race.

In Minnesota, Santorum has now surged as well. He leads with 33 percent, over Romney’s 24 percent. Gingrich has 22 percent and Ron Paul has 20 percent. And in the important swing state of Colorado, Romney still has a commanding lead with 37 percent. But here again, Santorum has moved ahead of Gingrich 27 percent to 21 percent.

At least in these states, it appears as though Santorum is overtaking Gingrich.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said that this may be Santorum’s one last shot to make a go of it. That makes Santorum’s Wednesday visit to North Texas even more important. He needs money and support. Santorum will meet with key groups: area pastors and Tea Party members. He will have a rally in the evening.

If Santorum can convince voters that he is the true conservative to go up against Romney, that will change the dynamics of the race. His last debate in Florida proved highly effective in tearing apart Romney’s health care program in Massachusetts. That no doubt helped.

Of course, Santorum’s visit would be even more important if Texas still held its primary on Super Tuesday, March 6. But that date was delayed until April 3, and may now be pushed back again either later in April, May or even June. That is because Republicans and minority groups are still negotiating maps for the State Senate.

Regardless of when Texas holds its primary, Santorum has his work cut out for him. But for now, he is starting to feel some political winds at his back.

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