(CNN) – Rick Santorum, who last week enjoyed a 10-point nationwide lead over Mitt Romney, is now within one point of his chief GOP rival after dropping several points in Gallup's daily tracking poll.
The survey taken February 22-24 showed Santorum with the backing of 31% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, down two points from Friday and down five points from his peak on Wednesday.
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Support for Romney rose to 30%, a much-needed boost for the candidate who stood at 25% on Wednesday.
For the ongoing poll, Gallup surveys more than 1,000 registered Republican voters on a daily basis. The poll drops the oldest of five days each day and adds results from the most recent day of polling.
In the latest survey, Gallup questioned 1,153 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by telephone between February 20 and February 24. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The results Saturday include two days of polling after CNN's Republican presidential debate in Arizona, the final time the four candidates squared off before key contests in Michigan and Arizona next week, as well as the votes in 10 states on Super Tuesday, March 6.
The two other candidates in the race, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, were both well behind the two front-runners. Gingrich stood at 16% and Paul was at 11%. Neither Gingrich nor Paul has seen a change in his numbers since Thursday.
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Unfortunately, the GOP group is very rapidly enabling an Obama relection – very obvious to most of us ..a lot of wasted effort & money by the bucketful for really...nothing !! Thanks guys !
I think Santorum needs to be the nominee, because I want Obama to win a landslide.
The GOP has shot their wad. The last decent Republican they have had was Eisenhower and he was an adulterer like Newt.
It became truly obvious to me how whacked he is when I saw Rick say in an interview that "Getting pregnant from rape is a horrible way to get God's gift of life but the woman must make the best of it."
A majority of Americans support Planned Parenthood and unrestricted abortion rights for adult women.
Santorum is killing his Presidential bid by screaming as loud as he can he's going after Planned Parenthood.
Welcome to the bottom-Santorum.
Any time now the Paulbots will tell us Ron Paul will get the nomination because people like his message.
@Jules, it is not the conservatives i remember either; Put aside Obama for a moment – and even then these four will still never get my vote. is this all the GOP has up for sale after 3 years? No new ideas, old tired retreads, same old ideas; please tell me they have more?
I predict a surprise guest at the Convention, mainly because it will not be possible to win the White House with any of these four. It's gone on too long and they have exposed far too much information about each other. It will take a stealth candidate to beat Obama. At the last minute so no one can dig up any facts on them. Maybe Bill Gates
The POG committed suicide when it decided to only represent the 1%, then to keep a minor voting group, the religious right. They are not compatible, as the RNC is finding out. Santo is typical of men with erectile dysfunction, he can't bear women to have enough freedom to find out how inadequate he is. Rmoney is a high end looter... high end enough that he doesn't get put in jail for looting companies and destroying jobs and families. Mr. China himself. Ron Paul is a straight shooter. The POG will stuff ballot boxes and lose others to keep him out. Noot is, well, Noot.
well, it is about tie peoplerealized santorum is not about anything crucial. he is involved in things the government should not be involved in.
On the one hand, you've got the guy who wants us to believe he supports the auto industry because his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs". On the other, a sanctimonious little Jiminy Cricket. Good luck with that, Republicans.
Time to retire to Wallusa, Ricky boy.
The gop has been drifting to the "Radical Right" for quite a few years, but you can thank John McCain for his choice of "Flailin', Failin', Pailin as his 2008 VP for the extreme degradation of the GOP the last 3 years. Most people view Palin as a major underachiever, but she has contributed mightily to turning the Republican base into a bunch of frothing-at-the-mouth religious zealots who are every bit as extreme, and almost as dangerous, as "radical Islamists".
As long as th GOBP stay out of my bedroom..we are ok...President Obama will be re-elected...I'm with Liz on that part.
His lead should diminish. Look at his record, his political ties. He sould not be running
President Obama will be re-elected."
Oh you say so? But who is gonna vote for him, after THESE 4 years?
Don't believe the media, it ain't gonna be Santorum nor Romney nor Obama.
It is gonna be Paul, and thank God for him. HE IS THE ONLY ONE LEFT, just OPEN YOU EYES AMERICA!
Ron Paul 2012.
The daily tracking polls are swamping discussion of the issues. We don't need them to evaluate the candidates and their positions on the issues. The "horse race" reports that dominate media reporting are useless. I stopped listening to the endless updates on "the daily double" a long time ago.
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I'm still trying tofigure out why the GOP isn't bringing their "A" game (or even their "B" game-) to this election cycle. Instead it looks like they are fielding their 5th-string benchwarmers and the water-boy.
Just how bad of a candidate do you have to be when you can only muster up a tie in the polls against Rick Santorum ? Romney should be extremely embarassed that he can't get people to like him after six years of campaigning.
President Obama will win by a landslide!
Saint santorm thinks he is running for pope and will never be president,what a freak that makes romney look good if that's possible. Obama 2012.
GOP, just face up to it: Romney is the guy you're going to have to marry. No, he doesn't make you passionate, is kind of a jerk, will say absolutely anything, and cannot be trusted at all - but when the choice is between him and the truly insane, you pick him.