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Favorite Son Santorum Thumps Romney In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds.. Ties Obama
Quinnipiac University ^ | 3-14-2012 | Quinnipiac University

Posted on 03/14/2012 10:47:11 AM PDT by smoothsailing

March 14, 2012 - Favorite Son Santorum Thumps Romney In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Santorum Ties Obama In Fall Matchup

Pennsylvania Republicans are going for favorite son Rick Santorum big time, giving the former U.S. Senator a 36 - 22 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Keystone State's presidential primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has 12 percent, with 8 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

In a head-to-head matchup, Santorum tops Romney 52 - 32 percent among Republican voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

If Santorum gets to November, he gets 44 percent of Pennsylvania voters, to 45 percent for President Barack Obama - too close to call. In other possible November matchups: President Obama tops Romney 46 - 40 percent; Obama beats Gingrich 50 - 37 percent; The president leads Paul 45 - 40 percent. In the four-person Republican contest, Santorum leads Romney 41 - 18 percent among women and 30 - 27 percent among men, 50 - 21 percent among Tea Party members, 44 - 20 percent among self-described conservatives and 46 - 17 percent among white evangelical Christians. Romney leads 29 - 20 percent among self-described moderates.

"Pennsylvania Republicans are turning to their native son, former Sen. Rick Santorum. The last time we surveyed the Keystone State, during the Gingrich boomlet in December, the former House Speaker led the GOP pack with 31 percent, followed by Gov. Mitt Romney with 17 percent and Santorum with 9 percent," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Pennsylvania Republican women like Santorum over Romney more than men."

"Santorum's lead among conservatives, Tea Party members and white evangelical Christians is what we have found in other states," Malloy added.

"What we've also seen in other states is that Romney comes from behind, riding a tidal wave of negative advertising. Whether attack ads work against a native son remains to be seen."

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From March 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,256 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 508 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.

More info and poll internals


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; newt4romney; pa2012; paprimary; quinnipiac; santorumvsobama; santorumvsromney
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1 posted on 03/14/2012 10:47:15 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Lazlo in PA

Santorum ping.


2 posted on 03/14/2012 10:48:29 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

So much for Santorum not being competitive in his own state...


3 posted on 03/14/2012 10:50:10 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: smoothsailing

Isn’t this one of the states that the Romney people are counting on when they do their “inevitability math”?


4 posted on 03/14/2012 10:51:36 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: smoothsailing

Since Obama is not going to get any new states, if Santorum gets Florida and Pennsylvania, it’s all over for Obama.

Even if Obama keeps Florida (unlikely), if Santorum gets Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and an industrial state like Wisconsin or Michigan, it’s still all over for Obama.

Santorum’s stronger than Romney electorally.


5 posted on 03/14/2012 10:54:15 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: smoothsailing

Very interesting!


6 posted on 03/14/2012 10:55:31 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Santorum in the primary, Anyone But Obama in November !!!)
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To: smoothsailing

Must not care for their native son Newt.


7 posted on 03/14/2012 10:58:11 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: cotton1706

Whatever/whomever it takes to get Obummer&Co out of there in November!


8 posted on 03/14/2012 10:59:56 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry Obummer and another 4yrs of Hell, anyday!)
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To: smoothsailing

PA would be a critical win.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 11:00:09 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: samtheman
Isn’t this one of the states that the Romney people are counting on when they do their “inevitability math”?

I don't know, but if it is, they need to stop counting and start panicking! LOL!

10 posted on 03/14/2012 11:00:35 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: cotton1706
Santorum’s stronger than Romney electorally.

I think so too, in the long run, but around here, most of what I get is, "no, it's Newt! Newt, Newt, Newt!!!!"

11 posted on 03/14/2012 11:01:59 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: smoothsailing
Santorums picking up steam with each primary victory.

I think many 'cooler heads' are realizing that there is only one way to deny the nomination to Romney, regardless of which of the other candidate they personally prefer.

12 posted on 03/14/2012 11:02:28 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: smoothsailing
April 24th is way too far away for instigating another “victory” celebration.

The momentum can change in mere hours in the midst of this chaotic primary.

See if that momentum continues after all the other states are counted between now and the 24th. Add several million in attack ads, exposing Santorum’s checkered past, and then we will see where all this party hoopla is headed.

13 posted on 03/14/2012 11:03:26 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: smoothsailing
Even though he lost in 2006 to Casey in a disaster year for Republicans, Santorum won two state-wide elections in PA and he is a PA native. He should be able to beat Obama in PA given a Republican governor and Obama's low approval rating.

Winning PA would be huge in the general election.
14 posted on 03/14/2012 11:04:06 AM PDT by Antoninus (Goal #1: Defeat Romney. Goal #2: Defeat Obama. If we don't achieve both goals, 2012 is a loss.)
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To: ScottinVA

Well, I’m a Newt supporter too. I still think he’d be the best nominee. Romney’s a joke, his support is paper thin and he’s great at winning areas of the country that will go democrat anyway in November (surpise, surprise).

I want Newt but will easily support Santorum if he’s the nominee. Will not vote for Romney.


15 posted on 03/14/2012 11:07:24 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: ScottinVA

They are starting to see the light of day around here. Santorum definitely has the best chance against Obama. People are on fire all around real America for Santorum.


16 posted on 03/14/2012 11:09:10 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Must not care for their native son Newt.

Nope, the Newtster comes in last. Quite a fall from December when he led the pack.

17 posted on 03/14/2012 11:10:32 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: cotton1706

Newt would be my first choice among this very weak field, too... just that he’s fading further and further behind. Santorum is my fallback guy.

But, unfortunately, it all seems to point Romney’s way right now. ):-/


18 posted on 03/14/2012 11:11:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: carriage_hill

I am here to tell every one now. We thought 2000 was bad, with Al Goron trying to steal the election. Watch for Obama Mohamed to cheat,lie, and even cause civil unrest to keep power. We are in for a long long November. And if Obama wins I hope the Mayans were right and the Meteor hits square on the white hut.


19 posted on 03/14/2012 11:11:08 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: Antoninus
It would certainly go along way to removing the lingering stench from the only president our Commonwealth has ever produced: James Buchanan.


Seven reasons for Rick Santorum


  1. Who has won the most states without the benefit of their own money, last election's organization or a billionaire casino sugar daddy?
  2. Who is everybody's second choice when he isn't their first?
  3. Who can get both the Romney people and the Gingrich people, who hate each other, to vote for him?
  4. Who has the best record on immigration?
  5. Who has the best plan for repealing ObamaCare? And is the only GOP candidate who didn't help write or approve legislation which helped spawn this fiasco?
  6. Who has the best plan for expanding the American economy and strengthening American families?
  7. Who is the closest thing we have to the "generic Republican" which polls show consistently beating Obama and is most likely to make the election about Obama's sorry record rather than about himself?

20 posted on 03/14/2012 11:11:50 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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