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Romney Grabs 7-Point Lead in Wisconsin

But Obama leads Romney in general election polling
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2012 11:11 AM CDT
Romney Grabs 7-Point Lead in Wisconsin
In this March 26, 2012, photo, Mitt Romney gestures while speaking at a medical device company in San Diego, Calif.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum 40% to 33% in Wisconsin, according to a new NBC News-Marist poll. Ron Paul follows in third with 11% and Newt Gingrich is last with 8%. Romney leads the way with moderate and liberal Republicans, conservatives, and those earning more than $75,000 per year. Santorum, however, leads with very conservative voters, evangelical Christians, and Tea Party supporters.

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But looking ahead, Wisconsin does not look nearly as good for Romney in the general election; he trails President Obama there 52% to 35% among registered voters, with 13% undecided. Obama's overall approval rating in Wisconsin is at 50%, and 52% of people in the state think the worst of the economic downturn is in the past. As for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who faces a recall, both his approval rating and his disapproval rating stand at 48%. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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