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WILLIAMSBURG (KWWL) - It was a tight race in Iowa for Rick Santorum in 2012. He won the Iowa Caucus -- after a recount.

Now he's back, talking to voters about the issues and trying to decide if he'll try for the nation's top office again.

"It's not just that you think you have good ideas and you think you can handle this incredibly difficult job but also if there's sufficient support for you to do it," said Santorum. 

When it comes to the 2008 caucus winner, Mike Huckabee says lack of interest and donors would keep him out of the race but he's not seeing that problem.

"Clearly I'm moving in that direction and barring some unforeseen circumstance, my anticipation is I will see you guys a lot," said Huckabee.

A crowded field of Republican hopefuls spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend. There seems to be plenty of options when it comes to candidates. So how do Iowans feel about Santorum and Huckabee trying again after unsuccessful attempts in the past?

"I think everybody's waiting for that white horse to come through," said Bob Jones, who lives in Williamsburg.

"I think if they have a new message, or if they have a message that is important at this time, that they should do that," said Marilyn Aumann,who lives in Williamsburg.

Santorum and Huckabee both said they were encouraged by the potential field of competitors because they think it shows the  Republican Party is strong.

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