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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum says he'll hold an event at the end of May to announce his decision on a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

The Republican tells Fox News Channel he will make the announcement May 27 in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he was raised.

Santorum ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, and surprised many by winning the leadoff Iowa caucuses. But his strong support among social conservatives was eventually no match for the organization and fundraising prowess of eventual nominee Mitt Romney.

Santorum says he was "clearly the underdog" in that race, and acknowledges he would be in the same position in 2016. But he says he is "very comfortable there."

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