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Santorum And Obama Neck and Neck In Pennsylvania, Poll Shows
LATimes ^ | March 14, 2012 | Colby Itkowitz and John L. Micek

Posted on 03/14/2012 6:18:35 PM PDT by Steelfish

Santorum And Obama Neck and Neck In Pennsylvania, Poll Shows

By Colby Itkowitz and John L. Micek March 14, 2012

Cutting into Mitt Romney's electability argument, Rick Santorum is statistically tied in a head-to-head matchup with President Obama in Pennsylvania. And the former Pennsylvania senator leads the Republican pack in the state.

Obama has 45% to Santorum's 44%, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University. Obama tops Romney 46% to 40%, Gingrich 50% to 37% and Ron Paul 45% to 40%.

Meanwhile, on the heels of a group of establishment Republicans endorsing Romney in Harrisburg this week, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge declared his support for the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday morning.

Ridge, who served as the nation's first Homeland Security secretary, was an early supporter of presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman. Huntsman, after dropping out, threw his weight behind Romney.

"Having spent most my life in public service, as a soldier, as a congressman, as a governor of Pennsylvania, as a White House official, and as a secretary of Homeland Security, I've met accomplished and strong leaders in my life. Mitt Romney is one of them. He would bring to the presidency an extraordinary set of skills," Ridge said in a statement sent out by the Romney campaign.

Romney can use all the help he can get in Pennsylvania, where the state's former U.S. senator, Santorum, is leading by double digits there ahead of the April 24 primary.

The new poll found Santorum with 36% of registered Republican support and 22% for Romney.

The poll was conducted March 7 through Monday and surveyed 1, 256 registered voters and includes 508 registered Republicans.

Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac pollster, said Santorum's standing among both the Republican electorate and the statewide electorate was "remarkable" given his dramatic ouster from the Senate by...

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: polls; santorum

1 posted on 03/14/2012 6:18:43 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

45% Obama zombies in Pa? Good grief!


2 posted on 03/14/2012 6:22:28 PM PDT by the jogger
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To: Steelfish

Quinnipiac University polls are always biased toward the liberal candidate. My guess is Santorum is several percentage points ahead of 0.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 6:23:07 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: the jogger

45% Obama zombies in Pa? Good grief!

Were lucky it is this low. I don’t think Pennsylvania has picked a Republican President since 1988. Rick Santorum is the ONLY Republican with even a chance to win PA.


4 posted on 03/14/2012 6:28:13 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: randita; smoothsailing; Lazlo in PA

This is fairly good news. But it’s alarming that Obama is even competitive, given that he’s not popular in Pennsylvania.


5 posted on 03/14/2012 6:29:14 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: kosciusko51

That is true. Its run by the left-wing dad of a VERY ROCK SOLID conservative New Jersey Assemblyman, Michael Patrick Carroll.

My guess is were Gingrich to drop out and ROmney get beaten, Santorum would be even farther ahead.

The worst thing about PA is Philly, Pittsburg, and the eastern counties which have been infiltrated by Manhattan Blight - like northern New Jersey.


6 posted on 03/14/2012 6:39:32 PM PDT by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: Steelfish

They keep saying how Santorum shouldn’t be picked because he lost big in 2006, but look at the primaries and this poll.


7 posted on 03/14/2012 6:45:58 PM PDT by Politics4US
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To: Clintonfatigued
But it’s alarming that Obama is even competitive, given that he’s not popular in Pennsylvania.

He's VERY popular in Philadelphia, where the turnout can top 100%.

8 posted on 03/14/2012 6:47:46 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: napscoordinator

It shows that in the eternal war between good and evil, it is a battle that will likely never end.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 6:57:39 PM PDT by MtnClimber (New 0bama Folks Wagons will run on Higgs Bosons.)
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To: Steelfish

Quinnipiac = Clinton’s pollsters. Usually weighted heavily Dem.


10 posted on 03/14/2012 7:00:56 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Steelfish
Santorum laps Romney by 20% once again proving that Romney is unelectable!

Time for Mitt "Progressive Liberal" Romney to do the right thing and drop out of the race for the good of the GOP and the good of the country!
11 posted on 03/14/2012 7:24:47 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Politics4US; parksstp; napscoordinator; GulfBreeze; publius321; Antoninus; Elvina; Pinkbell

From Robert Stacy McCain writing in RedState.com

“The logic of Gingrich’s campaign had just become utterly implausible. He followed up his defiant speech by going on Fox News for an interview with Brett Baier, who asked: “If you can’t win in Alabama and Mississippi, where can you win?” Newt had no real answer to that question, and none of the experts on the Fox News panel — among them the eminent Charles Krauthammer — were able to discern any real “path to victory” for the former Speaker.”


12 posted on 03/14/2012 7:25:10 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: SoConPubbie

Republican calls increase for Newt Gingrich to bow out. His continued presence is sabotaging the conservative cause.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-03-14/newt-gingrich-staying-in-gop-race/53538534/1


13 posted on 03/14/2012 7:27:47 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
Republican calls increase for Newt Gingrich to bow out. His continued presence is sabotaging the conservative cause.

Wrong!

Both Newt and Rick need to stay in until Tampa.

With both of them in the race, we have a better chance of taking as many as possible delegates from Mitt Romney.

Furthermore, I have a sneaking suspicion that if Newt were no longer in the race, it would not be very long before Rick would drop out and throw the race to Mitt.

I don't want that to happen, and as long as Newt is in the race it won't.

There is no way either Newt or Rick or Mitt can win the nomination outright: it has to be settled at a convention now.
14 posted on 03/14/2012 7:31:48 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Newt and Santorum are dividing the Tea Party and male vote and this allows Romney to squeak through the breach. A brokered convention with mudslinging and blood on the floor and a media feedfest will be a bonanza for Obama and with about 60 days left for November, we won’t have the time to have a national and co-ordinated strategy against Obama wins. No, absolutely no to a brokered convention.


15 posted on 03/14/2012 7:37:46 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Clintonfatigued; randita; Lazlo in PA; Steelfish
The numbers are good. Here's a link to a thread I posted earlier of the actual poll including the internals...

Favorite Son Santorum Thumps Romney In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Santorum Ties Obama In Fall Matchup

16 posted on 03/14/2012 7:39:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Pearls Before Swine

LOL


17 posted on 03/14/2012 7:53:30 PM PDT by GulfBreeze (Still a Santorum guy !)
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To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; AFPhys; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

18 posted on 03/14/2012 8:02:56 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Steelfish

I can remember a Comptroller’s race in New York State, where Quinniapiac was off by around 15%, and it was 15 points less for the conservative, of course.

Anyway, as we get closer to the General Election, I believe Obama’s numnber will REALLY tank.

Just hope they can control the voter fraud in parts of PA, though.


19 posted on 03/14/2012 9:15:27 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Steelfish

LA Times reports this because Santorum has PA tied up for the republican primary. Sounds like they’re starting to run scared, which is good.


20 posted on 03/14/2012 9:45:02 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Kevmo

The only things they will be able to throw at him will be condoms, Catholicism, and White Guilt Card, and that is about it. I think he will be a tireless, vigorous, spirited campaigner, courageous in the face of all odds (which means an Obama and US MSM joined at the hip with sychophant Obama-suckers luke Soledad O’Brien or Anderson Cooper and Candy Crowley), but Santorum of the nominee will continue to show his mettle just as he has earned his stripes for positive, tireless efforts in this primary race, coming from way back in the pack to the leading Conservative left to take on Romney. Romney now is our only impediment to the match up with Obama, whereby the People will hopefully render him a one-term report card, with an “F” grade.


21 posted on 03/14/2012 10:36:32 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Drop the Spite & Unite for Rick in the General. Otherwise it'll be "see ya in the O-bot camps" time.)
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