Poll: Romney on top in Pennsylvania
April 11th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
10 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. Larry R

    Another attention-grabbing and misleading CNN headline. Santorum is out today so assumption is that Romney leads Obama in Pennsylvania. No.

    April 11, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Dave

    So Bishop Romney abuses Pupies & wants to strip away womans rights to birth control & hides a few hundred million in swiss bank accounts to refame from taxes & hates the poor. Does that really make him such a bad guy???

    April 11, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Dave

    yo Can a bishop get 12 elevators for his 12 cars for his 12 homes?? Out of touch?????

    April 11, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Dave

    i Bishop Willard Romney vow to take away as many rights from woman as possible & give a voucher to the Millionaires for a free Car Elevator.

    April 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |

    Repeal and Replace Obamacare with Romneycare. What's the difference? NOTHING!!!

    April 11, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ever notice that the harsh right wing extreme candidates are now talking about coming up with an alternative to ACA, not just repeal it? If you believe that, you probably believe that billionaires need even more tax cuts.

    April 11, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Ronp

    Well of course Romney leads Santorum...Santorum is out of race.. CNN just has no integrity. None!

    April 11, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Rex

    Both Obama and Romney are millionaires, but the richer one gathers the most ire. Class warfare isn't an American trait, its a Marxist trait and Americans are foolish to fall for this agitation.

    April 11, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Hey CNN. Is Santorum's name still going to be on the upcoming ballots, especially Pennsylvania?

    April 11, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. fayse

    I think that it would be very interesting if all of the votes that would have gone to Santorum would be cast for Paul or Gingrich and zilch for Romney.

    April 11, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Alger Dave

    Love the comments. Here's the crystal ball:
    1. Obamacare is repealed by the SCOTUS in June
    2. This energizes Obama supporters and leaves the GOP feeling like the court has their back, so why get energized about the fall campaign. Not a lot of excitement about it anyway.
    3. The economy continues to improve which further boosts Obama's campaign.
    4. Romney gets to November as the 'economy fixer' in a country that no longer needs the economy to be fixed. Otherwise he looks a lot like a richer, whiter and less grounded Obama.
    5. Romney loses, and hopefully doesn't sweep away a lot of the GOP ticket with him.

    April 11, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Rudy NYC - Hey CNN. Is Santorum's name still going to be on the upcoming ballots, especially Pennsylvania?
    Of course! Do you think they are going to reprint them in 2 weeks? Besides, he just suspended the campaign so he should still be on the ballot.

    April 11, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. RealityBites

    CNN is obviously having a hard time without a political insurgent to use as bait..

    April 11, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    They said in 2010 tea party member will be our nominee it didn’t happen

    April 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Willis

    Why Mr Romney be all hidin from the question on equal Pay? Man you talk about SPINELESS

    April 11, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Romney , five sons who avoided voluntary military service.

    Sure he will win in a landslide , money is king.

    April 11, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    THIS is the real reason Santorum dropped out. A crushing defeat in PA would have been too humiliating.

    April 11, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. GaryB

    I understand that this poll was performed before Santorum dropped out of the race. It's likely that Santorum's internal pollsters were looking at the same numbers. I suspect that they advised him to get out of the race before suffering his second straight defeat in his home state (he lost his last reelection bid) and becoming the equivalent of a political dead fish.

    April 11, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY


    Romney , five sons who avoided voluntary military service.

    you know why they haven't been in the service? Have you seen them? They look like the Osmond Brothers. They are going out on tour next week

    April 11, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair


    Romney , five sons who avoided voluntary military service.
    Obama, who himself avoided "voluntary military service". What's your point?

    April 11, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. open400

    What kind of fool is Romney? Obamacare is based on Romneycare of Mass. Now all of a sudden to get Tea Party votes, he wants to repeal Obamacare. He has been seen on TV a million times saying that he his prooud of his healthcare paln for Mass. which required a mandated purchase of inusrnace. How are we going to let a flip-flopper like Romney conduct foreign policy?

    April 11, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. bethjoyce

    Wow!! That's a relief. I thought the meant that Romney was ahead of Obama!! I'd' be curious to see what that poll looks like.

    April 11, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. mary

    To Larry R,
    No I didn't get that from this article. What I see is another reason for Rick to "suspend" his campaign. He was going to lose in Penn and that would put the end possibly to his political career in the future. Losing your home state twice in elections is not a good thing. Santorum wanted the power of the Presidency for his social agenda designed to return us to the 1940s. Why he ever thought thinking women would vote for him is beyond me. I'm glad he's out.

    April 11, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. nolimits3333

    Voting is like driving a car....

    Select (D) to go forward
    Select (R) to go backwards

    April 11, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Lee

    @Dave, that is the next President of the United States you are talking about. Show some respect.

    April 11, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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