Poll: Santorum jumps in Arizona
February 15th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Santorum jumps in Arizona

(CNN) – Mitt Romney has taken the lead in Arizona with Rick Santorum in a close second ahead of the state's February contest, according to a new poll.

The American Research Group survey shows Romney with 38% support among likely Republican primary voters, followed by Santorum at 31%, Newt Gingrich at 15% and Ron Paul with 11%.

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The new figures represent a significant shift since January, when a similar poll indicated Romney and Gingrich tied at 32%, Paul with 12% and Santorum with 10%.

Santorum's jump in the latest Grand Canyon State poll is another in a string of national and state-wide polling that shows a surge for the former Pennsylvania senator ahead of February 28 contests in Arizona and Michigan and 10 additional states on Super Tuesday, March 6.

While Santorum edged out Romney in Wednesday's poll among men, 37% to 30%, Romney led among women, 47% to 24% among women.

Romney also bested the other GOP candidates among self identified tea party supporters with 41% support, followed by Santorum with 34%, Gingrich with 10% and Paul with 7%.

ARG surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters between February 13 and February 14 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

The Republican White House hopefuls will meet on stage next in Mesa, Arizona in a CNN sponsored debate on February 22.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Santorum
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  1. cashmeremafia

    Santorum is a HUGE hypocrite – he accused his Demcratic incumbent opponent of not actually living in PA while he was running; after he became senator, he finally admitted he spent 1 month a year in PA, and 11 months in VA, his kids took online classes while iin VA, and paid PA tuition ("cyber classes" are only avail for PA residents), and Santorum forced the state to pay for their tuition. A few suspicious reporters snooping around his PA house discovered that no one had been living there for a while and he was exposed. He lost his seat by nearly 18% the largest margin of any incumbent Republican Senator.

    February 15, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Luke

    I've lived here for 30 yrs, this state is 40% ind,30%dem, and 30% rep. Actually Arizona is a very moderate state other than an obnoxious group of wingnuts,tea bags, and dumbells that get the spotlight as witnessed by our embarassment of a Governor, Jan Brewer. In 2008 John McCain won Arizona 54% to 46% and he's from here. Arizona has a good chance to turn blue this time around.

    February 15, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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