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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is coming back to North Texas next week.

It will be his second trip here this month.

Santorum needs money to keep up with his momentum, and he’ll be holding a fundraiser in Fort Worth.

The announcement comes as new polls continue to show a Santorum surge.
A new survey of Ohio by Quinnipiac gives Santorum the lead.

He has 36 percent compared to Mitt Romney’s 29 percent. Newt Gingrich has 20 and Ron Paul has just 9 percent.

In another important, Midwest swing state, Michigan, Santorum is holding onto his lead over Romney, who’s father was once Governor.

Romney is already running negative ads against Santorum to raise doubts.

The question is will Santorum be able to respond more effectively than Gingrich did in Florida?

Gingrich’s campaign appears to be running out of steam — for now.

Nationally, Santorum remains ahead of the polls as well. But those aren’t as important as the polls in the individual states.

One state that may lose its influence on the nomination process is Texas.

Republicans and Democrats and minority groups are getting close to a deal on congressional and state legislative maps, but the primary may be delayed until late May to give county elections commissioners time to prepare ballots.

The primary was already pushed back from Super Tuesday, March 6th to April 3rd.
Texas is a big prize – with 155 delegates.

But if the Presidential primary is at the end of May, the race may already be sewn up by then.

A lot will depend on what happens on Super Tuesday.

If Santorum wins Ohio and other states, the race could very well continue through late May to the Texas primary.

There’s already a lot of people who are talking about a brokered convention, in which no one has the 1,144 required delegates to win the nomination.

But if Romney dominates on Super Tuesday, he may very well be able to wrap up enough delegates and momentum, that Republicans would consolidate behind him.

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