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New Hampshire crowd calls Rick Santorum a bigot (VIDEO)

A crowd of New Hampshire protesters welcomed Rick Santorum with chants of 'bigot.'

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses a town hall meeting in Salem, New Hampshire. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Rick Santorum was greeted by chants of "bigot" from a crowd in New Hampshire on Monday night. 

Santorum, a former US senator from Pennsylvania, was harangued outside his campaign rally at Jillian’s Billiards Club in Manchester, New Hampshire, Washington Blade reported. It was his final campaign event before the state's primary vote on Tuesday.

Santorum is currently in second place among republican voters, according to the latest Rasmussen poll. Taken the night after the caucuses, the poll shows Romney in first place to be the GOP presidential candidate, with 29 percent of likely Republican votes. Santorum has 21 percent.

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Santorum has made several controversial statements on his campaign trail. On Monday, he was booed by students in New Hampshire after he compared same-sex marriage to polygamy. 

Santorum stood in favor of 2004's Federal Marriage Amendment, which moved to limit marriages in America to mean those between one man and one woman. According to his website, Santorum expected that this stance would meet resistance: 

"Even though he knew he would be labeled a bigot or worse by members of the liberal elite, Rick Santorum understood this issue was far too important to the future of our society not to be debated before the American public." 

Voters in New Hampshire began casting their votes this morning in the United States' first primary.

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