Get ready for the return of the Rick Santorum sweater vest

Rick Santorum is running for president, he’ll announce on Wednesday. Will his famous sweater vests be along for the ride again?

Santorum’s sweater vests were his go-to style choice in the 2012 Republican primary, when he won 11 states going head-to-head with eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

CORALVILLE, IA - DECEMBER 30:  Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) hosts a Pinstripe Bowl watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar on December 30, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. The GOP presidential contenders are crisscrossing Iowa in the final stretch of campaigning before the January 3rd caucus, the first test the candidates must face before becoming the Republican presidential nominee.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Getty Images

CORALVILLE, IA - DECEMBER 30: Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) hosts a Pinstripe Bowl watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar on December 30, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. The GOP presidential contenders are crisscrossing Iowa in the final stretch of campaigning before the January 3rd caucus, the first test the candidates must face before becoming the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The sweater vests were a boon to a vest maker, as the campaign spent more than $100,000 buying vests from Bemidji Woolen Mills in Bemidji, Minn. They were also a boon to his campaign — it raised more than $300,000 from sales of 3,000 vests. They inspired numerous parody Twitter accounts.

They were along for many important moments in the campaign, like when he held up an Etch-a-Sketch and blasted Romney for being politically expedient.

BRENTWOOD, NH - JANUARY 04:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum greets voters as he arrives at a town hall meeting on "Faith, Family and Freedom" at Rockingham County Nursing Home January 4, 2012 in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Santorum continued his campaign in New Hampshire for the upcoming primary election after he finished second in the Iowa Caucus, losing to Mitt Romney by only eight votes.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Getty Images
KEENE, NH - JANUARY 06:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a town hall meeting on "Faith, Family and Freedom" January 6, 2012 in Keene, New Hampshire. Santorum continued to campaign in New Hampshire for the upcoming primary election.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Getty Images

Despite their popularity, though, it’s unclear as of yet whether Santorum’s sweater vests will make a return to the campaign trail this time around.

NASHUA, NH - JANUARY 06:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (L) is followed by members of the media after he spoke at the reception of the Hillsborough County Republican Gala January 6, 2012 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Santorum continued to campaign in New Hampshire for the upcoming primary election.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Getty Images

NASHUA, NH - JANUARY 06: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (L) is followed by members of the media after he spoke at the reception of the Hillsborough County Republican Gala January 6, 2012 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Santorum continued to campaign in New Hampshire for the upcoming primary election. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DERRY, NH - JANUARY 09:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum greets patrons at Mary Ann's Diner January 9, 2012 in Derry, New Hampshire. Republican candidates have one final day of campaigning before New Hampshire holds its first in the nation primary tomorrow.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Getty Images

DERRY, NH - JANUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum greets patrons at Mary Ann's Diner January 9, 2012 in Derry, New Hampshire. Republican candidates have one final day of campaigning before New Hampshire holds its first in the nation primary tomorrow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Real Clear Politics reported he might ditch the look this cycle, saying his daughters that are increasingly aware of his fashion choices and his advisers’ desire for him to appear “less hokey” and more presidential.

But The Washington Post reported that they will be back, so no one really knows.

MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum talks with his wife Karen Santorum while making the rounds on Radio Row during the nation's first primary on January 10, 2012 in Manchester, N.H. After a strong second place finish in the Iowa Caucus Santorum dropped in many polls leading up to the first-primary, and is expected to be vying with Newt Gingrich for fourth place. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)Getty Images

MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum talks with his wife Karen Santorum while making the rounds on Radio Row during the nation's first primary on January 10, 2012 in Manchester, N.H. After a strong second place finish in the Iowa Caucus Santorum dropped in many polls leading up to the first-primary, and is expected to be vying with Newt Gingrich for fourth place. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

GAFFNEY, SC - JANUARY 13:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum greets supporters duriing a campaign stop at the Cook Out restaurant, January 13, 2012 in Gaffney, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21st. to vote in the primary election to pick their choice for U.S. presidential candidate.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Getty Images

GAFFNEY, SC - JANUARY 13: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum greets supporters duriing a campaign stop at the Cook Out restaurant, January 13, 2012 in Gaffney, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21st. to vote in the primary election to pick their choice for U.S. presidential candidate. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Cathedral of Praise after learning today he was endorsed by evangelical Christian leaders, on January 14, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21 to vote in the primary election for the Republican presidential candidate.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Getty Images

CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Cathedral of Praise after learning today he was endorsed by evangelical Christian leaders, on January 14, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21 to vote in the primary election for the Republican presidential candidate. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

One thing is clear: Santorum will need more than a sweater vest to build buzz in this Republican primary.

He barely registers in polls. Last week, Fox News said that GOP candidates must be in the Top 10 of an average of five recent polls to participate in the network’s first Republican primary debate in August. Right now, Santorum is at No. 10, according to Real Clear Politics, polling at an average of 2.3 percent in three recent polls.

SPARTANBURG, SC  - JANUARY 18:  Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) speaks during a campaign stop at the Beacon Drive-In January 18, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Voters will go to the polls January 21, in the Republican South Carolina primary.  (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)Getty Images

SPARTANBURG, SC - JANUARY 18: Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) speaks during a campaign stop at the Beacon Drive-In January 18, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Voters will go to the polls January 21, in the Republican South Carolina primary. (Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 20:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum addresses military cadets at The Citadel military college on January 20, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Santorum finished a last day of campaigning ahead of South Carolina's Republican primary tomorrow.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)Getty Images

CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 20: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum addresses military cadets at The Citadel military college on January 20, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Santorum finished a last day of campaigning ahead of South Carolina's Republican primary tomorrow. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 31:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a town hall meeting at the Tea Party and Republicans Uniting Nevada Conservatives (TRUNC) office January 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Nevada GOP caucus will be held on February 4. According to early results former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defeated Santorum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to win today's Florida primary. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Getty Images

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 31: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a town hall meeting at the Tea Party and Republicans Uniting Nevada Conservatives (TRUNC) office January 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Nevada GOP caucus will be held on February 4. According to early results former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defeated Santorum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to win today's Florida primary. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Santorum has yet to gain a foothold among Republican constituencies in the pre-primary process, while facing more competition for them this time around.

His pro-“traditional marriage” and pro-life views appealed to evangelical constituencies in Iowa in 2012, but this time candidates like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have stepped in to fill that void. Raising money, he’s admitted, will also be a challenge.

BEAVER DAM, WI - MARCH 27:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum holds an Etch a Sketch while speaking to guests gathered for a campaign rally on March 27, 2012 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Getty Images

BEAVER DAM, WI - MARCH 27: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum holds an Etch a Sketch while speaking to guests gathered for a campaign rally on March 27, 2012 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

MISHICOT, WI - APRIL 01:  Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets guests at a campaign rally on April 1, 2012 in Mishicot, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Getty Images

MISHICOT, WI - APRIL 01: Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets guests at a campaign rally on April 1, 2012 in Mishicot, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Santorum, though, knows he’s an underdog — just like in 2012. And he claims he’s relishing that role again.

“You know,” he said in an interview last year, “one of the greatest gifts I’ve had as a politician is that I’ve been underestimated and overlooked — throughout my entire career.”

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16:  Former GOP presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) attends a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Getty Images

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Former GOP presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) attends a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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