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Santorum to announce for president June 6

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Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum speaks during a Presidential Lecture Series in Iowa on May 2. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Former senator Rick Santorum will officially enter the GOP presidential primary on June 6, according to two sources close to the former senator.

The sources said the announcement will take place in Pennsylvania, where Santorum was a two-term senator, in the city of Johnstown, near where his father moved from Italy to work in the coal mines.

It had previously been reported that Santorum would announce sometime during that week. Santorum has long been expected to run and opened an exploratory committee earlier this month so that he could participate in a debate in South Carolina.

The June 6 announcement will put Santorum in the race a week before the second debate of the election, which will be in another key primary state — New Hampshire.

Despite his stature as a former senator, few are counting Santorum among the race’s frontrunners at this point. As we’ve noted on The Fix before, Santorum’s wide 2006 reelection loss has seriously colored perceptions of his political future, and he will have to fight with other second-tier candidates like Rep. Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain for support among socially conservative primary voters.

Our latest look at the top 10 contenders in the GOP presidential primary ranked Santorum 9th.

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