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Santorum Holds Small Lead in Michigan in New Poll

Rick Santorum holds a small three point lead in the Michigan GOP primary according to the latest Detroit Free Press poll.

After jumping out to an improbable lead in Michigan a week ago following a sweep in three western states, Santorum still holds a 37% to 34% lead over Romney, who until recently had been considered all but certain to win a state where he was born and grew up. It’s also a state where his father, George Romney, was a nationally known auto executive and a popular three-term Republican governor.

The poll has Ron Paul at 10 percent and Newt Gingrich down at just 7 percent. Even with a large infusion of money from Sheldon Adelson Gingrich is going to struggle to stay relevant if he finishes that poorly in Michigan.

All the recent polling of Michigan has only a few points separating Santorum and Romney in the state, with the difference mostly in the polls’ margins of error. A few polls, like Marist, have Romney up by a few points. Other polling, like Rasmussen and this new Detroit Free Press Poll, give Santorum a narrow lead. Unless the debate last night significantly changed opinions it is going to close race next Tuesday.

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Santorum Holds Small Lead in Michigan in New Poll

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Rick Santorum holds a small three point lead in the Michigan GOP primary according to the latest Detroit Free Press poll.

After jumping out to an improbable lead in Michigan a week ago following a sweep in three western states, Santorum still holds a 37% to 34% lead over Romney, who until recently had been considered all but certain to win a state where he was born and grew up. It’s also a state where his father, George Romney, was a nationally known auto executive and a popular three-term Republican governor.

The poll has Ron Paul at 10 percent and Newt Gingrich down at just 7 percent. Even with a large infusion of money from Sheldon Adelson Gingrich is going to struggle to stay relevant if he finishes that poorly in Michigan.

All the recent polling of Michigan has only a few points separating Santorum and Romney in the state, with the difference mostly in the polls’ margins of error. A few polls, like Marist, have Romney up by a few points. Other polling, like Rasmussen and this new Detroit Free Press Poll, give Santorum a narrow lead. Unless the debate last night significantly changed opinions it is going to close race next Tuesday.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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