Romney, Santorum tied in Ohio
March 4th, 2012
10:38 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney, Santorum tied in Ohio

(CNN) - Voters in Ohio, who face a key Republican primary on Tuesday, are nearly split between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, according to a poll released Sunday.

The survey from NBC/Marist showed Santorum with the support of 34% of likely Republican primary voters in the Buckeye State, two points ahead of Romney, who was at 32%. The margin is was well within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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The two other candidates in the race - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul - both stood well behind the frontrunners. Gingrich had the support of 15% of Ohio Republican voters, while Paul was at 13%.

The NBC/Marist poll was conducted February 29-March 2, after primaries in Michigan and Arizona, which took place February 28. Romney swept those contests, though his three-point margin of victory in Michigan was seen by many as a weak showing in the state where he grew up while his father was governor.

Ohio is one of the largest states to vote Tuesday, with 66 delegates. The state holds an open primary, meaning independents and Democrats are allowed to vote in the GOP contest.

Ohio will also be a key battleground in November's general election. The NBC poll showed President Barack Obama beating each of the four GOP candidates by double digits in head-to-head matchups. Ron Paul fared the best, trailing Obama by 10 points, 48% to 38%. Romney trailed the incumbent by 12 points, 50% to 38%.

The Ohio survey was taken by phone from 820 likely GOP voters. The general election matchups polled 3,079 registered Ohio voters.

In another Super Tuesday state, Virginia, the NBC/Marist poll showed Romney with a sizeable lead over Paul, his only competitor in the state. Both Gingrich and Santorum failed to qualify for Virginia's GOP primary ballot after not submitting the proper number of petitions to the state’s Republican Party.

Romney led Paul 69% to 26% in Virginia, according to the poll. When Romney was matched up with the candidates not on the ballot, the former Massachusetts governor still held his lead, though by a smaller margin, getting 36% to 28% for Santorum.

Like Ohio, Obama handily won matchups with the GOP contenders in Virginia. Obama led Romney by 17 points in the commonwealth, and beat Paul by 21 points.

The Virginia poll, also taken February 29-March 2, was taken by phone from 2,518 registered voters, and 529 likely GOP voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. diridi

    both are nonsense to this nation....true, true, true...

    March 4, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Don’t forget Romney Got the establishment there you have lot of votes

    March 4, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Peace

    Are they both tied up in Ohio? With all the wins Romney has been recently making, still the news does not go through people's ears. This goes to show that the resistance to Romney is still huge and GOP should be concerned.

    March 4, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. judy

    all the repo candidates are a joke . saw newt on tv this morning. What a sorry excuse for a man. Hopefully the crazies will continue for a long time. The president will be a shoe in if the repos continue. Glad they had help this week from rush. He really screwed the repos this week. Obama Biden 2012 Move forward not backwards whith the party of No. No ideas No brains No to womens rights No to tax cuts on the wealthy No to afforable health care.No to removing oil subsidies. No No No

    March 4, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Disabled vet

    I wouldnt vote for either one of them. They are not presidential material.

    March 4, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. bill

    Santorum told Texas preachers in McKinney, TX, on Feb 8th, that he had his wife bear a fatally defective fetus to term despite her womb infection in order to keep an earlier impetuous vow he made on the floor of the Senate provoked in part by Senator Boxer. youtu.be/U0sZYO5S4uY @27:23

    This fits a pattern of bull headed impetuosity and self righteous sanctimoniosness that would be dangerous in the office of the Presidency.

    March 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Go Rick. Show the party you won't let Karl Rove ram Rmoney down your throats.

    March 4, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |