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Polls Show Santorum Leading In Ohio And Tennessee

2/27/2012 2:32 PM ET

While the outcome of Tuesday's primaries in Michigan and Arizona could have a significant impact on the outlook for the Republican presidential race, the results of two recent polls show former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum leading in Ohio and Tennessee, two key "Super Tuesday" states.

The results of a Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday showed that 36 percent of likely Ohio primary voters support Santorum, while 29 percent support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Santorum's seven-point lead over Romney is unchanged from a separate Quinnipiac poll conducted earlier this month, although the latest poll found that 45 percent of voters might change their mind.

"While almost half the voters say they might change their mind, Santorum supporters seem a little surer of their vote," said Peter A. Brown assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "What happens in Michigan tomorrow night might have an impact on voters in Ohio's Republican primary."

A separate Vanderbilt University poll showed Santorum with a 38 percent to 20 percent lead over Romney among likely Tennessee primary voters.

The numbers include the 10 percent of the sample who initially indicated "None of the Above" and were pushed to provide a most-preferred candidate.

The Quinnipiac survey of 847 likely Ohio primary voters was conducted February 23rd through 26th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

The Vanderbilt poll of 815 likely Tennessee primary voters was conducted February 16th through 22nd and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

by RTT Staff Writer

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