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Monday, February 27, 2012

Battlefield Ohio: Polls Show Santorum Still Leading Romney

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 8:18 AM

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What goes better with your morning Cheerios than some political polling? On that front, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has failed to capture any ground in the hearts and minds of Ohioans. This morning, poll palace Quinnipiac University released the latest data for the state before next week’s primary election. Former Senator Rick Santorum still leads the field with 36 percent to Romney’s 29 percent of likely voters — the same results the university tracked in the previous round of data.

Although this doesn’t spell out great things for Romney, you can also look at it this way: Santorum has failed to increase his lead. The latest report also includes a statistic that 45 percent of the individuals polled said they could change their mind by next week.

Santorum tops Romney 38 - 25 percent among men, while women split 34 - 33 percent. Santorum wins 40 - 25 percent among self-identified conservatives and 49 - 19 percent among Tea Party members. Self-identified moderates back Romney 39 - 27 percent.

"A week out, Sen. Rick Santorum remains seven points ahead among Ohio's likely Republican primary voters. While almost half the voters say they might change their mind, Santorum supporters seem a little surer of their vote," said Peter A. Brown assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "What happens in Michigan tomorrow night might have an impact on voters in Ohio's Republican primary."

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