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Santorum celebrates best way he knows how (VIDEO)

Fundraising tour through Texas begins with trip to chapel.

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Supporters pray over Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum during a campaign stop at the Bella Donna Chapel today in McKinney, Texas. (Tom Pennington/AFP/Getty Images)

How did Rick Santorum celebrate the biggest night of his political career? How else, he went to church.

The morning after victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, Santorum arrived in Texas for a day of fundraising. He met with pastors in McKinney, Texas, at a local chapel to talk about religion’s influence on his campaign for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

"I'm willing to be very public about the role of faith in our society," he said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

While he isn’t “the pastor of this country, that doesn't mean I won't stand and fight ... for the moral foundation."

After his speech at the Bella Donna Chapel, Santorum’s day included a fundraising luncheon in Dallas followed by a meeting with Tea Party members in Allen and a rally in Plano.

Earlier, the former Pennsylvania senator said Tuesday’s hat trick raised $250,000, much-needed funds for his campaign, the Associated Press said.

"I think last night we raised a quarter of a million dollars online," Santorum said on Starting Point this morning. "We are going to have the money we need to make the case we want to make."

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His recent surge – after Mitt Romney took Florida and Nevada last week – netted Santorum $400,000 over about two days, the AP said.

Brimming with confidence on national TV, Santorum aimed his attack squarely at the former GOP frontrunner, right up to the president.

"Gov. Romney, Mr. Outsider, was for government takeover in health care, was for government takeover of the private sector of the Wall Street bailout and was for the government takeover of industry and energy with the cap and trade," Santorum said on CNN. "So, Mr. Private Sector was Mr. Big Government when he was out there running for the private sector."

He told CNN that conservatives “are beginning to get” he’s their best chance at the White House.

According to estimates tabulated by the AP, Santorum leapfrogged into second in the race to 1,144 delegates. Romney still leads the race with 107 delegates, while Santorum is next at 69, former House speaker Newt Gingrich is third (32) and Ron Paul (9) trails a distant fourth.

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