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Santorum leading Romney in Ohio: poll

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 27, 2012 16:16 EDT
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WASHINGTON — Christian conservative Rick Santorum is holding a seven-point lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio a week ahead of the US Republican presidential primary in the key Midwest state, a poll showed Monday.

Santorum, getting support from conservative “Tea Party” followers and male voters, was leading the field in Ohio with 36 percent of likely primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, while Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was running second with 29 points.

But in a sign of the continued volatility in the race to find a Republican nominee to challenge President Barack Obama in November, the survey showed that 45 percent of voters might change their minds ahead of the vote.

Ohio, among 10 states voting in the “Super Tuesday” nominating contests on March 6, is a key state because of its hefty number of delegates in the Republican nominating process which selects a candidate.

Super Tuesday is likely to leave either Santorum or Romney as the frontrunner in the race, after votes this Tuesday in Arizona and Michigan.

The Ohio poll showed former House speaker Newt Gingrich with 17 percent and Representative Ron Paul with 11 percent of likely Republican primary voters.

Santorum was leading Romney 38 to 25 percent among men, while women split 34-33 percent. Santorum led 40-25 percent among self-identified conservatives, and 49-19 percent among Tea Party members.

Self-identified moderates backed Romney 39 to 27 percent.

The survey taken February 23 to 26 polled 847 Ohio likely Republican primary voters with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

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