Poll: Mitt Romney now tops Rick Santorum nationwide, leads in Arizona and Michigan, too

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Continuing the trends of recent days, Rick Santorum’s standing in the national polls has now dipped below that of Mitt Romney, giving the former Massachusetts governor the front-runner status in a race where he has long been the perennial second-place candidate, according to the latest results published by the Gallup Tracking Poll.

However, fewer than 24 hours away from a Republican primary in Romney’s home state of Michigan, a Santorum advisor today told CNN, “We have already won.”

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The Gallup tracking poll, comprising results of polling between Feb 22 and 26, shows Romney now leading Santorum nationwide by four points: 32 percent to 28 percent. In recent weeks, Santorum had enjoyed a ten-point advantage over the former governor.

Meanwhile in Michigan, where Romney has struggled to turn his fundraising advantages into a commanding lead, Romney is now ahead by a razor-thin margin, according the latest RealClearPolitics average of local polls, which puts Romney 1.5 percent ahead of Santorum.

Despite the fact that no recent poll puts Santorum in the lead in Michigan, Santorum advisor John Brabender was quoted as telling CNN that anything less than a landslide for Romney in Michigan would in fact be a victory or Santorum.

"We have already won," Brabender was quoted as saying. "No matter what the results are, we've won. This is Romney's home state."

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Meanwhile Romney has in recent days opened up double-digit leads over Santorum in Arizona, according to RealClearPolitics.

Republican voters in both Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow.
 

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