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Is Santorum More Electable Than Romney?

Three new state polls show the electability differences between Romney and Santorum

With his three-state sweep on Tuesday over Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum has become the latest candidate to reassume his position as the "not-Romney". 

I've been comparing the electability of Romney as it compares to Newt Gingrich over the past few weeks and it has clearly shown a stark difference between the two. 

Now with Gingrich's campaign collapsing (again), we may have to start to start looking at the electability of Rick Santorum as it compares to Romney.  And with that in mind, things seem to be a lot closer than the Romney/Gingrich match up and, in fact, leans a little towards Santorum in polls released today. 

Scott Rasmussen started this morning with his release of a new poll in the battleground state of Ohio and it shows Santorum actually tied with Barack Obama while Mitt Romney trails Obama by four percentage points.

PRESIDENT – OHIO (Rasmussen)
Rick Santorum (R) 44%
Barack Obama (D-inc) 44%

Barack Obama (D-inc) 45%
Rick Santorum (R) 41%

This poll was done February 8th among 500 likely voters with a +/- 4.5% margin of error. 

Then later in the day, North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling released a poll for their home state showing Romney and Santorum almost even in their match up against Obama.

PRESIDENT – NORTH CAROLINA (PPP)
Barack Obama (D-inc) 48%
Rick Santorum (R) 46%

Barack Obama (D-inc) 47%
Mitt Romney (R) 46%

This poll was done February 3-5 among 1052 registered voters with a margin of error of +/-3.0%. 

In today's poll, the only place Romney actually performs appreciably better than Santorum is, ironically, Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania according to a new poll from Susquehanna Polling and Research.  In fact, Romney is actually ahead of Obama while Santorum trails Obama.

PRESIDENT – PENNSYLVANIA (SPR)
Mitt Romney (R) 45%
Rick Santorum (R) 43%

Barack Obama (D-inc) 47%
Rick Santorum (R) 43%

This poll was done February 2-6 among 800 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.46%. 

This will be one thing Santorum will be able to use to his benefit that Gingrich never could.  No matter how well Gingrich was performing in the primary, he was always well behind Romney when it came to electability in a General Election. 

As it stands right now, Romney may not be able to play that card against Santorum as easily if the latest polls are to be believed.

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USA Forever February 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM
You need to remember that the nation does not know Santorum as well as they know Romney or Gingrich. The liberal press has been pushing Romey from Day 1 since he is the most liberal of the Rep candidates. I think any of the Rep candidates will beat Obama is a Reagan like landside. I am an ABO - Anybody But Obama. Once the national debates start and people see a clear different, things will change. Let stop saying the "not-Romney" and start saying Santorum, Gingrich, or Paul.
stephen feldman February 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
You seem to discount the reliance by the majority of the nation who depend on some fairly direct federal program, the success Obama has had, measured by nationally polls, to sell taxes on "wealthy" as opposed to major budget cuts, and continued presence of Obama around the fifty percent job approval rating, despite failures, economic stagnation, and scandals like Solyndra or the Keystone pipeline denial. The GOP could, but won't focus on the damaged of do nothing about the deficit, which makes replacement of Obama a risky choice. People may not love Obama, but he's the devil they know.

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