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Santorum Surges Following Tuesday Victories

by | Feb 11, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Rick Santorum

We end this week’s editions of National Right to Life News Today with a quick update on where the Republican presidential candidates are, at least as measured by recent polls. And, as we’ve learned over the past three months, there could another swing by Monday.

As expected, former Senator Rick Santorum was the beneficiary of a clean sweep Tuesday, winning caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado, and a primary in Missouri.

Gallup’s latest finds Santorum wrestling second place away from former Speaker Newt Gingrich in a national poll—22% to 18%. Former Gov. Mitt Romney is still ahead among registered Republicans in a poll released today with 34%. Rep. Ron Paul is fourth with 10%. By contrast prior to Santorum’s trifecta, he trailed Gingrich 21% to 17%, illustrating yet again how volatile the race remains.

The news is even better for Santorum, in a Fox News survey. In polling taken after the sweep, Santorum was tied with Romney—each with 30%–to 16% for Gingrich and 14% for Paul. Showing how much Minnesota/Missouri/Colorado affected the numbers, Santorum had trailed both Romney (35%) and Gingrich (26%) with only 17%.

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