Grandville (WZZM) - Rick Santorum kicked off his Michigan Primary Election day battle right here in West Michigan with a stop at Rainbow Grille in Grandville Tuesday morning.
He was greeted around 9:00am by a packed house of locals, many of whom had been waiting for hours.
"It was a thrill. The first time I've ever seen a presidential candidate, been that close to him," said Dave Vanhouten, Hudsonville.
"The excitement, and actually meeting somebody that could be our future president," said Lynda Stolt, Wyoming.
All the national news outlets also made the trek, but Santorum didn't speak to any media.
He shook hands and took a few pictures before taking off to his next stop, the New Beginnings Restaurant in Kentwood. His presence there also created quite the frenzy. Several customers said they waited hours for him to show up and were glad to see him face to face.