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March 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Santorum supporters ready to roll

Shane Stewart, 20, plans to caucus in Eatonville for the first time today. His is valunteer on the Rick Santorum campaign, for which he has been coordinating sign-wavings and get-out-the-vote efforts in Pierce County for his candidate in the lead up to this weekend.

“We have a lot of youth that are pumped up about this,” he says. “[Santorum's] grassroots … they’re on fire …That’s what makes us tick.”

When Santorum held a rally in Tacoma a few weeks ago, Stewart said that the candidate told him he was impressed by the energy of the crowd at the state-history museum at an earlier event in Olympia, despite the presence of protesters.

Stewart wasn’t old enough to vote in 2008, the last time Washington’s voters had a chance to help decide the Republican race.

“Our country’s different now,” he says. “They[Americans] are frustrated.”

As for the fact that there are four candidates on the ballot still, Stewart said: “I think it’s good to have so many people in the race. It allows people to think. We hope that they pick Rick.”

But he said that Santorum’s fans are supportive of the GOP cause in general, no matter what happens here this morning.

In Issaquah, Sherry Biere  plans to support Santorum because “he seems to be the most conservative on many issues.”

“[It's] pretty exciting to see him being a top contender,” she said.

She also said that she’s “not sure what to trust with the GOP. Sometimes I feel like there is an elite group that tries to usher in a candidate of their choice and not the people’s choice.”

The caucuses will be her chance to change that, she said.

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