Gillibrand opponent Wendy Long is now backed by Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum endorsed four candidates for the U.S. Senate today through his Patriot Voices PAC, and among them was Wendy Long, the Republican candidate running against Kirsten Gillibrand.

By way of introduction, the recent presidential candidate said that all the endorsed Senate candidates, including George Allen in Virginia, Josh Mandel in Ohio and Tom Smith in Pennsylvania, share his commitment "to lowering taxes, protecting life at every stage, promoting the traditional family and a belief that the individual should have the power—not the government."

As to Long specifically, the group wrote: "Patriot Voices PAC is pleased to support Wendy Long for the U.S. Senate in New York. She is a strong social and fiscal conservative - committed to reducing the debt, repealing ObamaCare and reducing government spending." 

Long won the primary, in part, by running to the right of her two Republican opponents, Rep. Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, opposing any attempts to raise revenue through taxes, and saying that Roe v. Wade was a "very flawed legal decision."

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But she's yet to get much traction with the general electorate, or with donors.

Polls suggest voters still don't know much about her, and she's yet to go up on the air with a television commercial. She did get some help this week from a supportive super PAC, which went up with an aid criticizing Gillibrand for supporting the Affordable Care Act and its attendant tax on medical device manufacturers.

Santorum dropped out two weeks before the state's presidential primary in April, and ended up getting about 19,000 votes.