Romney, Obama in Dead Heat

Santorum's exit gives him a boost: CBS/ NY Times
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2012 12:06 PM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks during the Tri-State Tax Day Tea Summit April 16 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Another new poll (like this one before it) suggests that Rick Santorum's exit from the race has pushed Republicans to rally behind Mitt Romney. A CBS/New York Times survey of registered voters has Romney dead even with President Obama at 46%. Last month, the president held a 3-point lead. A bigger jump for Romney came among Republicans: More than half (54%) say he's the preferred candidate, up from 30%. Newt Gingrich pulled in 20% and Ron Paul 9%. All this, of course, came before the new dog wars.

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