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      Cain and Santorum low in polls, both remain optimistic

      Herman Cain talks with voters in North Myrtle Beach. / Lindsey Theis

      We're hearing more from two Republican presidential hopefuls that made campaign stops through the Grand Strand over the weekend.

      North Myrtle Beach was seeing double as two candidates seeking the GOP nomination stopped through Barefoot Landing.

      Saturday morning, Atlanta businessman Herman Cain stopped through the North Myrtle Beach resort area. Saturday night, former Senator Rick Santorum made his fifth visit to the Grand Strand. During their visits, the two talked about their plans and platforms should they become the next president.

      Cain and Santorum have their eyes set on the same goal, and agree Horry County plays a role in that.

      "Horry County is a very, very important county in the state and in a Republican primary," Santorum said.

      South Carolina has the first in the southern presidential primary. Ever since it was established in 1980, every candidate who has won the South Carolina primary has gone on to win the Republican party nomination.

      Among the candidates top concerns, job creation and unemployment. Numbers just released show the state's unemployment rate went 10.9 percent to 11.1 percent in just one month.

      "This is a tourism area and it's obviously important for the economy here, but the economy doesn't do well unless the overall economy does well," Santorum said.

      "You have the national economy, you have the state economy, and then you have the local and personal economy," Cain said. "If we don't get this national economy growing, the others are not going to grow and that's why my focus is stimulating this national economy."

      But that's where they split. Santorum believes creating manufacturing jobs will rebound the national economy. Cain thinks the solution is in tax reform.

      When asked about how they're showing in the polls, both candidates brushed off their low ratings. The latest National Bloomberg Poll puts Texas Governor Rick Perry and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at the head of the pack for the nomination with 22 to 26 percent of the favor.

      Cain has four percent. Santorum has two percent.

      "My name ID is currently at 50 percent and it's going to continue to rise. Three months ago is was only at 21 percent," Cain said.

      "Two months ago it was a two person race, Pawlenty and Romney...and Michele Bachmann gets in and now oh it's a three person race. The two top people in the polls for the Republican nomination four years ago were Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson," Santorum said.

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