Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is getting some good news this week out of the Rust Belt, a region that is expected to play a critical role in the 2012 election.

The Red, White and Blue Fund (RWB Fund), a super PAC backing Santorum, announced Friday it’s spending $257,000 to buy ad time in Ohio, a key swing state. The investment comes a week and a half before “Super Tuesday” on March 6, when Ohio and nine other states will hold their nominating contests.

A Quinnipiac poll from earlier this month showed Santorum leading among likely Ohio Republican primary voters with 36 percent, followed by Mitt Romney with 29 percent.