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How Rick Santorum Stokes Race and Class Anxieties to Win Unlikely Primary Victories

Santorum's success in the Midwest has come through a combination of race and class-based grievances as well as his appeal to social conservatives.

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In other words, if you want to know why Rick Santorum won't just go away, you have to look beyond his opposition to abortion and gay marriage—issues that certainly play well with evangelicals, but weren't enough to earn him a win with South Carolina's Christians—and look at the politics of race and class.

Sarah Jaffe is an associate editor at AlterNet, a rabblerouser and frequent Twitterer. You can follow her at @seasonothebitch.