Poll: Comes down to Romney and Santorum in Michigan
February 27th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Comes down to Romney and Santorum in Michigan

(CNN) – Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum remain locked in tight primary battle in Michigan, according to a new poll.

The American Research Group survey released Monday showed Santorum with a slight lead among registered voters at 36% over Romney's 35% ahead of Tuesday's contest. Ron Paul followed with 15% and Gingrich came in with 8% support.

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Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, has lost two percentage points since a similar survey conducted last week, while Romney gained one percentage point, discrepancies within the poll's sampling error.

The race in Michigan has intensified between Romney, a Michigan native, and Santorum, with both looking for a strong showing to aid their campaigns in the lead-up to Super Tuesday, March 6, when voters in 10 states will cast ballots.

ARG surveyed 600 likely Republican primary voters between February 25 and February 26 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Santorum
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I wish Newt would drop out and throw his support behind Pope Santorum. If he really wants to get back at Willard for the negative campaign he ran against him in Florida, supporting Pope Santorum will be the nail in the coffin for Willard.

    February 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Go Rick. The regular people don't want an out of touch elitist like Rmoney. Only the rich old white guys back him.

    February 27, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Larry L

    @Anonymous

    "Go Rick. The regular people don't want an out of touch elitist like Rmoney. Only the rich old white guys back him."
    -------------------------------------------------------
    Rather than " an out of touch elitist" or a "ultra-right-wing Bible-thumper" why not make the best choice? Vote for the man who has remained an advocate for working people and continues to serve as a model for family men everywhere – President Obama! He's brought our economy around in spite of Republican efforts to twart the progress. He is the terrorist's worst nightmare. He doesn't just talk about being a good Christian – he lives the lifestyle.

    February 27, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Woman In California

    Willard will probably pull this off. I'm sure he's fooled enough people into believing he is a "regular guy" and they too can become millionaires with his leadership.

    Obama 2012

    February 27, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. ST

    @ GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE
    "I wish Newt would drop out and throw his support behind Pope Santorum
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    Sorry this is not the way the game should be played. Delegates is the name of the game and not who won many states. Let both accumulate delegates separately and later they can combine them together and end up with one candidate with a big number of delegates.

    February 27, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. judy

    yeah regular guy in mom jeans with 2 cadillacs a yacht two houses and a mustang and truck and off shore accounts. It is not that he has so much money but the fact that he seems unable to relate to people that don't have any. 10 thousand dollare bets and the other dumb comments he has made. Not in touch with us regular folks and rick is a total nut job who is looking to be Pope and keep women bare foot and pregnant. I guess we can all keep asprin between our knees. Newt is busy colonizing thew moon with his off the wall lies. Obama 2012

    February 27, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. knowndoyen

    Once again CNN uses the weakest of polls to show what they support (Obama support for Santorum). If you look at the people behind ARG it is a weak little group of 16 people and they only call landlines so that would put them out of touch to most people today. ARG has got it wrong all the time. But if you are CNN and you don't want to take the heat then use your scapegoat ARG.

    February 27, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Mikey

    You almost have to believe that Gingrich is purposely helping Romney, or at least his billionaire Vegas mogul wants him to. By staying in the race, he is providing cover for Romney by splitting the conservative vote. Also, it gives him a platform to attack the President, which he has done with relish and without any regard for the truth.

    All said and done, @Larry L said it very well "Vote for the man who has remained an advocate for working people and continues to serve as a model for family men everywhere – President Obama! He's brought our economy around in spite of Republican efforts to thwart the progress. He is the terrorist's worst nightmare. He doesn't just talk about being a good Christian – he lives the lifestyle."

    Obama 2012

    February 27, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Zenfire

    I do not want the average Joe to be president of this great nation. I don’t want my neighbor Brain or the local grocery man Hal. I want someone who has proven to be successful in many different areas of life. Some people knock Romney because he has been successful. But successful is what I want in a president. Romney has the skill, the leadership, and the experience to guide this nation to better places. Think about it.

    February 27, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Elphaba

    All this attention, and what do the Republicans do? They send up Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to try to defeat Obama. Not gonna happen.

    February 27, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Some republicans want a candidate who has successfully laundered money off shore, destroyed American jobs to make millions for himself, attacked the auto industry, and evaded paying his fair share of taxes. That is success to a republican.

    February 27, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt knows that Adelson is pouring money into his campaign to keep Rick from getting all the right wingnut vote.

    February 27, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney will win the nomination and Obama's worse nightmare will come true. An opponent with a proven track record of success. When stacked up against FOUR YEARS of Obama failure, the choice will be clear. The country simply cannot afford four more LOST years and another 5 TRILLION in debt. We are heading for the Obama DEPRESSION if he gets another 4 years. The socialist simply cannot steal enough money from the rich to make it all work. He's selling smoke and mirrors instead of viable solutions to our problems.

    February 27, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    "You almost have to believe that Gingrich is purposely helping Romney, or at least his billionaire Vegas mogul wants him to."

    BINGO! We have a winner! Flipper the Elitist Robot is surrounded by "Bomb Iran!" neocons, so a right wing extremist like Adelson would normally send his money to Rmoney. The fact that it's not means Adelson sees good strategic reasons to keep Newt in the race, presumably to prevent a "wild card" like Santorum from winning.

    February 27, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Voice of Reason

    Can we stop reporting this like its a horse-race, and start a national dialogue about issues? Why isnt anyone talking about jobs, or how these two buffoons' tax plans will affect the middle class?

    C'mon people! This isnt American Idol!

    February 27, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For what it is worth, republicans are America's 'worst nightmare.'

    February 27, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Voice of Reason - C'mon people! This isnt American Idol!
    ==========================================
    Hey, tell it to the Blues-Singer-in-Chief. He sings the blues with rock stars while we all sing the blues at the pump and unemployment line.

    February 27, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The wealthy ruling class of the republican party, along with the theocrats, have attacked our constitution, and our freedoms, all in order to preserve their tax cuts at the expense of 160 million workers, and taking away women's rights.

    February 27, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney will win the nomination and Obama's worse nightmare will come true. An opponent with a proven track record of success. .....
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    The only track record that Romney has are just words. He claims to have created 100,000 jobs while *at* Bain Capital, but refuses to tell us, or otherwise cannot tell us, where and how those jobs were created. Besides, as someone observed on the Sunday talk shows yesterday, "Romney is a dork."

    Romney's coming across as dumber than George W. Bush. Which is telling because GWB is the only former CEO, besides Bush, Sr., to have been elected POTUS. The only presidents to have been former CEO are both named Bush. Romney is arguing for the same Bush tax policies, except on steroids. America doesn't want that.

    February 27, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth – you really need to help find those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, in order for us to believe any republican talking points.

    February 27, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Remember your history, people. After the crash of 1929, Republicans enacted all of the policies that they are advocating today; tax cuts, draconian spending cuts, deregulation wherever they could, etc. They enacted all of those policies and the result was that it caused The Great Depression because it starved and stalled the economy. Now they want to do it all over again.

    February 27, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. nothing new here

    I don't believe that the GOP voters are really happy with this current bunch of candidates.
    That is very understandable.
    This is the most extremist and devisive bunch of Republican candidates I have ever seen. I think that current GOP members realize that their party is not going to be growing anytime soon.
    Thank goodness for Independents.

    February 27, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. nothing new here

    At least Romney is running for POTUS, and not for Pope.

    February 27, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Joee Deere

    if Newt G is serious about not splitting the conservative votes as he was sometimes ago, he would suspend his campaign and support Rick now. Newt has been eviscerated by the Romney camp and is now an empty shell with nowhere to go but down. By staying on Newt is indirectly supporting Mitt Romney.

    February 27, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Poor Rick. His delusions are almost as great as Sarah's and his Ego is almost as big as Newt's. The only thing good about Rick's candidacy is he may keep Mitt from winning the nomination outright in the next couple of weeks.

    February 27, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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