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Ohio Polls Show Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney In Photo Finish

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Three new polls released on Sunday point to a photo finish between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in Ohio's closely watched Republican presidential primary. Specifically:

  • A new automated poll from the Democratic party affiliated firm Public Policy Polling (PPP), conducted from March 3-4, shows Romney and Santorum in a near tie (with 37 percent and 36 percent respectively) followed by Newt Gingrich (15 percent) and Ron Paul (11 percent).
  • An NBC News/Marist College live interviewer poll conducted from Feb. 29 to March 3 found a very similarly close result: Santorum (34 percent), Romney (32 percent), Gingrich (15 percent) and Paul (13 percent).
  • An opt-in internet panel survey conducted by Ipsos/Reuters from March 1-3 finds an exact tie, with Romney and Santorum receiving 32 percent each, followed by Gingrich (17 percent) and Paul (6 percent).

The PPP also reports that their Ohio poll gives Romney a double-digit lead (40 to 23 percent) among likely Republican primary voters who made their decision in "the last few days."

These new surveys will not be the last for Ohio, as three more are set to be released by other firms on Monday.