Two different Rick Santorums campaigned across this state on Thursday.

There was the charming, aw-shucks Rick Santorum who stood casually in front of audiences for as long as they wanted, one hand in the pocket of his khakis, impressing them with his in-depth yet seemingly off-the-cuff answers.

Then there was the other Rick Santorum — the one who gave long, rambling answers at his town hall meetings. It was Professor Santorum, lecturing the completely silent audiences on the vagaries of constitutional history.

“He’s very bright,” explained Claira Monier, the co-chairwoman of his campaign in New Hampshire. “He’s nerdy, O.K.? You ask him a question and you get more information than you really wanted to know. He goes in the details. He knows his stuff. Some of us are like that.”

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