Rick Santorum has lagged near the bottom of the pack in South Carolina, mired below 3 percent in most polls.
That's despite the fact that he's spent more time in the state than any of his Republican presidential rivals.
But since he virtually tied former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Santorum's South Carolina backers expect those numbers to climb.
"There are two viable candidates coming out of Iowa, that's Romney and Santorum," said former U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster, Santorum's state chairman. "Santorum is poised to win South Carolina."