Santorum leads in his home state's horserace
February 23rd, 2012
03:16 PM ET
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Santorum leads in his home state's horserace

(CNN) – In his home state of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum has a sizable lead over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a poll released Thursday.

Santorum, a former US senator from the state, more than doubled the support for his closest competitor with 45%, the Franklin and Marshall College poll showed. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stood at 16%, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich registered at 9%, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 7%.

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Nearly a quarter of Pennsylvania voters remain undecided, and 46% of those supporting each Santorum and Romney say their decision is not yet final.

Pennsylvania does not vote until April 24, but the candidates' battles for their home states has been highlighted by two upcoming contests. Romney was born in Michigan, which votes on Tuesday, and Gingrich represented a House district in Georgia, which votes on March 6, Super Tuesday. Pennsylvania is also considered a battleground state in the general election.

Santorum's favorability in the state increased 17% in the last month, according to the survey, as he won races in Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota. Romney's favorability dipped six points in the same time frame.

But in head-to-head matchups, the poll showed President Barack Obama with an advantage over each Santorum and Romney.

The survey was conducted Feb. 14 through Feb. 20. The Republican horserace results included 276 registered Republican voters and had a sampling error of plus or minus 5.9%. Head-to-head matchups included 592 registered voters and had a sampling error of plus or minus 4%.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. gb

    "The Republican horserace results included 276 registered Republican voters "

    STOP PUTTING THESE ARTICLES UP AS NEWS

    276 responses is NOT representative of any sort of trend.

    February 23, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens struggles through the rust belt, will the south support him?

    February 23, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now that the jobs issue is improving, the only thing republicans have left to run on is women's rights. That has to help Rick with his teavangelical base.

    February 23, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Go Rick!

    February 23, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is still some time before the primary in PA. There are chances things could be change for the better for Romney, Gingrich or Paul. Although, honestly it is not likely that Paul will go anywhere unless more people actually vote for him.

    February 23, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. CoJo

    wow, they don't re-elect him as their senator, but they want him as the president??? wow, now I know Pennsylvania's thought process!!!

    February 23, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    This poll is worthless, due to the small sample size. Poll a thousand people, and see what the results are.

    February 23, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ MATT:
    In regards to your earlier comment on my post about the propensity of single parent household in one particular ethnic group, did I think it was a racist comment? Abso-f'ing-lutely. Why? Because of the context in which it was said. They were NOT discussing solutions. They were NOT discussing the impact that our judicial system has on a particular ethnic group; jailing the men in this ethnic group; making it nearly impossible for them to reintegrate with their families upon their exit from the system. Don't get me started. Suffice it to say that last night, like every other debate wasn't about them offering SOLUTIONS, it was about bashing, if not the President, then those that look like him, or are brown and illegal.

    February 23, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. B

    This Religious fanatic has nothing to offer beyond Social Wedge issues period.

    February 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I forgot to add:
    Obama 2012. Seriously America. How many more of these debates do you need?

    February 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good night everyone. I am leaving my job within the auto industry that our President saved. No I'm not a union worker, just a grateful, and informed American.

    February 23, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama wrote:

    Seriously America. How many more of these debates do you need?
    -------------
    As many as it takes for the Republicans to figure out exactly who Not-Romney is going to be. I like to see Republicans putting their ideas out there. I want people to listen to what they have to say, because I think people are paying closer attention to what Republicans are saying.

    Have you noticed that Republicans have stopped saying "the will of the American People" and all of its variations? It is because they know they do not have it, but that never stopped them in the past from saying it before. Not until now. They don't say it because even the Republicans know that people are paying attention to their words, and would see through that lie like a hot butter knife. People really are paying better attention to what politicians are actually saying.

    February 23, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. JOHN

    There are a lot of people who will, and would not look in the mirror and see this man and the rest of the GOP candidates are doing great harm to the United States. I'm a Pennsylvanian resident I could not, I would not ever support someone like him

    February 23, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Risteard

    John King and other on air people on CNN need to correctly identify those running for the Republican Nomination for President of The United States as such and PLEASE stop identifying them as Republican Candidates for President of The United States which they ARE NOT.

    February 23, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Wes / MD

    Having lived in PA for 4 years I know first hand it can be one of the most backward places you would ever want to be. I find it absolutely amazing that PA rejected santorum as a state senator but then turns around and wants him as the president. Mind bogeling isn't it.

    February 23, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. livingston

    I don't know who they polled but here in southeastern Pennsylvania, I don't know of anyone who supports him. That includes Republicans, Democrats OR Independents! We were unfortunate enough to have experienced him as a elected official and I can tell you it wasn't pretty. We made that very plain when we kicked him to the curb when he tried to run again? Do you think he's gotten better with age? We will not make the mistake of voting for him again for ANY office!

    February 23, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Dominican mama 4 Obama, I'm sure you look at everything in your life through your race colored glasses. Have you ever considered that this life view is an anchor weighting you down? I'm sure you must also exude it in person. Might be time to throw the glasses away so you can see what the real world looks like.

    February 23, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    A poll of 276 republicans is hardly a poll worth repeating, it means absolutely nothing. The last election Ricky was in, which involved ALL of the people of the state, vastly more than 276 and included republicans. democrats and independents, Ricky lost by almost 20%!!! Now that's a poll.

    February 23, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |