Poll: Gingrich, Romney tied in Arizona
January 27th, 2012
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Poll: Gingrich, Romney tied in Arizona

(CNN) – While the Republican presidential candidates now have their eyes set on Florida's Tuesday primary, a new poll indicates a tie for first place in the Feb. 28 Arizona primary.

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both took in 32% of support among likely Republican primary voters, according to a new survey released Friday by the American Research Group.

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The poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, almost entirely before the CNN/Republican Party of Florida Debate in Jacksonville.

The two frontrunners dueled on stage Thursday night over a number of issues, including immigration, which is widely expected to be a focal point of the Arizona contest.

According to the ARG survey, 12% said they would back Texas Rep. Ron Paul, while 10% said they would support former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Twelve percent said they were undecided.

Among those who identified themselves as tea party supporters, Gingrich held a 40%-23% advantage over Romney. Meanwhile, Romney led Gingrich among woman with a 34%-28% margin.

Arizona comes after primaries and caucuses in Nevada, Colorado, Minnesota, Maine and Missouri, but before March 6, also known as Super Tuesday, when 10 states are scheduled to hold contests.

The American Research Group conducted the survey and questioned 600 likely Republican primary voters in Arizona by telephone Jan 25-26, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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  1. Data Driven

    Let's see if Newt even makes it to AZ first.

    January 27, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yeah still plenty of time for Newt to shoot himself in the foot...

    I fear nominating Newt will almost guarantee Obama's re-election. Personally, I'm not willing to risk our country's existence on nominating Newt. If Obama gets a second term, he will drag this country to depths it has never known. When Obama's great government debt bomb explodes, this country will look back at the 1930's as the good ol' days.

    January 27, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. DoneBroke

    What's a poll more than a month ahead prove? Nothing, as we saw in the other contests.

    January 27, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Newt is the baggers' "Fatal Attraction". ha ha ha ha ha

    They will pick ANYONE that reflects their hatred.

    January 27, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Todd C

    When is Ron Paul starting his campaign? I keep waiting to see some polls with his support growing higher than the low teens, but we haven't seen anything since Iowa.

    January 27, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Just remember folks - the two unfunded wars were kept "off the books" until 2009.

    Also remember - The Legislators (House and Senate) write the bills and must approve them BEFORE THEY ARE SENT FOR THE PRESIDENT to approve or disapprove. Don't fall for the baggers' claims that OBAMA is the one making the messes.

    They refuse to do anything that will help us. Period .

    Vote the baggers out in 2012.

    January 27, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Dani

    GO OBAMA! The GOP are known to be big spenders as well. People are very naive if they think the GOP is going to shrink government and government spending. No party spends as big as the republicans.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 – FOR OUR COUNTRY'S SAKE!

    January 27, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Max.

    TWO NUTS

    These two NUTS are already doomed against Obama. Well thinking Americans are paying attention as they struggle to prove how out-of-touch they are from the realities of everyday Americans. These two multi-millionaires are competing to reveal who profit the most from Freddie mac and Fanny mae who robbed the middle class of their investments.

    How dumb can people get, especially in their quest for POWER & RICHES on the backs of the poor in this country????

    Ain't they really TWO NUTS?

    January 27, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Truth observed:

    I fear nominating Newt will almost guarantee Obama's re-election.
    --------------–
    You can rewind that statement with Romney instead of Gingrich. You fear Newt because you *know* he has skeletons laying around that will turn into an October surprise. And, you're hoping against all hope that Mitt Romney doesn't have any suprises in store, either.

    So far, Romney keeps coming up with one revelation after the other, any one of which are revolting to the middle class. That's just the latest reason why tere has always been an UnRomney candidate at or near the top of all Republican polls. Romney has some October surprises of his own. SNL, here he comes.

    January 27, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Me

    Ah AZ, my former state of residence. Gov. Brewer is fairly indicative of the average person there, finger and all which is why it's my former state of residence.

    Reporter, holding up a picture of an Hispanic man - Gov. Brewer, is this what an illegal immigrant looks like?
    Gov. Brewer - Yes, that's exactly what an illegal looks like!
    Reporter - Governor, it's Rep. Raul Grijalva from Tucson.

    January 27, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    GI Joe - Also remember – The Legislators (House and Senate) write the bills and must approve them BEFORE THEY ARE SENT FOR THE PRESIDENT to approve or disapprove. Don't fall for the baggers' claims that OBAMA is the one making the messes
    =========================================================================================
    Yes, and Obama was President for two years with a Democrat Senate and a Democrat House. AND the Democrats controlled the House and Senate for YEARS before Obama was elected.

    Now you claim Obama and the Democrats bear no responsibility for the state of the country???? Are you serious??????

    Yes, typical leftists tactics.... Sabotage everything with fatally flawed policies and then claim it was you but the people who were NOT in control of the government.

    January 27, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney has some October surprises of his own. SNL, here he comes.
    ===================================================
    hahaha.... I like your little Nancy Pelosi impersonation Rudy!! Good luck on digging up skeletons IN A MORMON'S CLOSET!!!
    All this class warfare BS won't stick with the American people because most of them want their kids to grow up to be rich just like Romney.

    January 27, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. gb

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yeah still plenty of time for Newt to shoot himself in the foot...

    I fear nominating Newt will almost guarantee Obama's re-election. Personally, I'm not willing to risk our country's existence on nominating Newt. If Obama gets a second term, he will drag this country to depths it has never known. When Obama's great government debt bomb explodes, this country will look back at the 1930's as the good ol' days.

    ------------------------------------–

    Yeah those 22 months of increasing employment sucked right? Talk about depths!

    January 27, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    @Me

    What stark differences one can make between Gabrielle Giffords and Jan Brewer. It's unfortunate that the majority of Arizonians are more inclinded to accept Brewer as the Arizonia norm of political class and strength over that which Gabby has and always will represent.

    January 27, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    I know Romney is the presumptive winner of this bash fest, but Newt has just enough mean to rally the support of the base, who seems these days to really appreciate it when his lashing out causes blood-letting. I feel like we've been transported back to the time of the gladiators with this crowd, or better yet a time when the Romans fed the Christians to the lions and people loved it. None of this bodes well for us here in America, does it?

    January 27, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Jake

    the fact that they are both liked in AZ just tells me the state will be swinging for Obama this year!

    January 27, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. unsub

    WARNING to Paul critics! Dismiss Paul at your peril and two things will happen: 1) his supporters will stay home in November or 2) they will FLOCK to Obama! real talk!

    January 27, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Annie, Atlanta

    GI Joe – how sadly true: "They will pick ANYONE who reflects their hatred." But where does that leave the rest of us, besides staring on in horror and hoping none of these hate mongers get anywhere near the white house?

    January 27, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    maybe one of them should go get into a fight with Jan Brewer.....that should put one of them over the top. Make sure the cameras are there though.

    January 27, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good luck on digging up skeletons IN A MORMON'S CLOSET!!!
    ------------------------
    That's just it. We don't have to do the digging, Newt is handling all of that for us. He's singing like a jailbird. He got The Memo vis-a-vis all hands off Rommney and he tore it into shreds. Everyday Newt feeds us another golden chunk of Romney. By the time you all's Chosen One faces President Obama there won't be anything left but skin and bones.

    January 27, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Cunning Stunts

    BIGGEST LYING TROLL AWARD !!!!!!!!!

    If Obama gets a second term, he will drag this country to depths it has never known. When Obama's great government debt bomb explodes, this country will look back at the 1930's as the good ol' days.

    You mean the debt he picked up from George Bush, right.
    Hey truth, you have been running your mouth off for weeks with the same lying garbage.
    Get out of the basement before you grow roots.

    January 27, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. arale normaki

    To newt English should be the language of the USA. Then why do you have spanish political ad?

    I am Newt Gingrich: I’m not a hypocrite

    January 27, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Cunning Stunts

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yes, typical RIGHT WING tactics.... Sabotage everything with fatally flawed policies ....

    Fixed that for you free of charge.

    January 27, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    Latino Republicans withdrawing support for Mitt Romney and endorsing Newt

    “Veto of the DREAM Act, the fact that he considers it “dishonest” to say he’s Mexican-American, and not providing us solution for immigration reform”.

    January 27, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. diridi

    do not trust any of these GOP idiots...please. They sell this nation to Saudi, China. India.....

    January 27, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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