A day ahead of the "Super Tuesday" primaries, the results of the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has jumped into the lead in the key state of Ohio.
The poll found that 34 percent of likely Republican primary voters would vote for Romney, while 31 percent said they would vote for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
The results of the latest poll reflect a dramatic shift from the results of a poll conducted in late February, which showed Santorum with a 36 percent to 29 percent lead over Romney.
While the 10-point swing suggests that Romney has the momentum, his 3-point lead in the latest poll is within the survey's margin of error.
Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute, said, "To borrow from the book of Berra, Yogi that is: It's deja vu all over again for Gov. Mitt Romney."
"Just as he did in Florida and Michigan, Romney has erased a sizable deficit a week before the primary to grab the momentum in the final 24 hours," he added.
The poll showed that Romney benefits from a lead among women, while men and self-described conservatives are roughly split.
While Ohio is just one of ten states holding its nominating contest on "Super Tuesday," the outcome of the primary in the Buckeye State may take on increased importance due to its likely role as a swing state in the general election.
The survey of 753 likely Ohio Republican primary voters was conducted March 2nd through 4th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
by RTT Staff Writer
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