Poll: Romney on top in Pennsylvania
April 11th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Romney on top in Pennsylvania

(CNN) - A new poll released one day after Rick Santorum suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination indicates that the former senator from Pennsylvania had lost his lead in his home state in advance of the April 24 primary.

According to an American Research Group survey released Wednesday, 44% of likely Pennsylvania GOP presidential primary voters said they were backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the all but certain Republican nominee, with 40% supporting Santorum, 7% backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 5% supporting Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Romney's 4-point margin over Santorum was within the poll's sampling error.

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Earlier this year Santorum had a double digit lead in most polls in Pennsylvania, but surveys released over the past couple of weeks indicated that his advantage was down to single digits, with one survey indicating it was all knotted up.

Santorum advisers said that winning Pennsylvania was crucial to the candidate continuing his bid for the nomination. They say winning the state remained possible, but that it would have required large amounts of money and time.

The American Research Group poll was conducted April 9 and 10, the day before and the day that Santorum announced the suspension of his campaign. The survey was conducted by telephone with 600 likely GOP primary voters in Pennsylvania questioned by telephone. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Seth

    What a terrible headline CNN. Gee, Romney leads Santorum, who suspended his campaign? Is he ahead of Cain and Bachmann too? This headline is intentionally misleading to make people think he leads Obama so they waste their time reading non-news.

    This is why I barely bother to read CNN anymore. I'll get my news from ABC, CBS or NBC instead.

    April 11, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Peter E

    No surprises there. Santorum quit to avoid being humiliated in his own home state. He knew it was coming.

    April 11, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. mark

    That's the REAL reason Santorum backed out. He wasn't going to win his own state. How stupid do you think we are, Rick?

    April 11, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Guy

    How can he not be on top, El Santo left the race. What a fiasco Campaign 2012 is! The top (lone) runner not liked by most people, and people in his own party no less.

    April 11, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. yuri pelham

    Mary: He has no future political career. In 2016 the field will include people who are actuallty qualified. For some reason the Repugs are throwing the election to Obama. All those who could have won are not running.

    April 11, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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