Santorum wins support of conservative activist

The Rick Santorum campaign announced the endorsement of influential Iowa Republican activist Chuck Laudner on Monday.

"Sen. Santorum has been a consistent, conservative leader — not just in good times, but when the times have been tough. Sen. Santorum has stood tall for faith, family and the freedoms Iowans care deeply about," Laudner said in a  statement. "I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Santorum campaign and elect Rick Santorum the next president of the United States."

In accepting his endorsement, Santorum (R-Pa.) noted Laudner's background as former chief of staff to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), whom he called "one of our nation's brightest conservative stars in Congress."

"I am thrilled to have Chuck's endorsement," Santorum said. "Chuck has been a leading voice for the Republican Party in Iowa and for conservative values."

On Friday, Santorum received a warm reception at the Iowa GOP's annual Reagan Dinner. Laudner's endorsement and the welcome at the dinner come on the heels of Santorum's completing his tour of all 99 counties in Iowa.