Romney, Santorum: It's a Tie
Two candidates are basically sharing first place at this point
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2012 7:19 AM CST
Updated Feb 14, 2012 7:50 AM CST
Volunteers supporting Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney vie for attention as America's political right gathers for the Conservative Political Action Conference.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Three polls, three declarations about Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum: virtual tie, statistical tie, and essential tie. According to Pew, Gallup, and the New York Times/CBS News, Romney officially has some company at the top following Santorum's wins in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri:

  • Pew's poll, released yesterday, puts Santorum at 30% to Romney's 28% among Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters. Santorum easily captures the top spot among Tea Party Republican voters (42% to 23%) and evangelical Republican voters (41% to 23%). One bright spot for Romney: 70% of his supporters believe the GOP would back him if he becomes the nominee; only 54% of Santorum's supporters feel the same.

  • Gallup's poll, also released yesterday, found that 32% of Republican registered voters preferred Romney, and 30% favor Santorum. That's a 14-point jump for Santorum in recent days, and Gallup notes that his rise came at the expense of every candidate: He grabbed five points from Romney, six from Newt Gingrich, and three from Ron Paul. Side note: Paul's support hit a 2012 low: 8%.
  • The New York Times/CBS poll out today shows that 30% of GOP primary voters support Santorum, to Romney's 27%. But it's still anyone's game: Last month, 74% of voters who backed a candidate said they might still change their pick; that has dropped, but only to 60%.

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Spudsy
Feb 14, 2012 12:37 PM CST
Wack job Santorum moves to the front. The GOP has become an extremist fundamentalist party just like the ones we are fighting. Just substitute Iraq for 911 and bingo, nutballs attacking other countries while espousing 14th century religious views.
Buckshot
Feb 14, 2012 11:49 AM CST
Is this about being president? If so neither one will ever live in the white house, their both un-qualified clowns.
LoginsSuck
Feb 14, 2012 10:35 AM CST
I like that when the media give any attention to Ron Paul it's only to remark on his lowest point. I also wonder how many Republicans are flipping coins before casting their vote?