60% of GOP Wants Gingrich, Paul to Quit

Santorum's Pennsylvania lead vanishes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2012 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Most Republicans believe there are two too many candidates still seeking their party's nomination, according to the latest CNN poll. The poll found that roughly 60% of the GOP want Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to call it a day, while a similar proportion want Rick Santorum to stick around. But neither Gingrich nor Paul appear likely to drop out: Gingrich has big plans for the Republican National Convention and when Piers Morgan asked Ron Paul about dropping out, the Texan told him not to "pester me with silly questions."

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But even though most Republicans want Santorum to stay in the race, it looks like he has a tough few weeks ahead of him. The CNN poll gave Romney a 10-point lead over Santorum, 36% to 26%, and most of the states voting in April appear likely to hand more victories to Romney. The one exception was Pennsylvania, which votes April 24, but the latest poll there found that Santorum's lead has shrunk from 29 points in February to just two points. The pollsters blame Santorum's "forays into cultural and social issues" for the drop, the Patriot-News notes. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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