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Florida Poll: Romney 41, Gingrich 26, Santorum 11, Paul 10

12:33 PM, Jan 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Democratic-leaning firm PPP reports its latest Florida poll:

Mitt Romney's in a strong position to win this weekend in South Carolina, and he's in an even stronger position to follow it up with a big win in Florida. Our first Sunshine State poll of 2012 finds Romney with a 15 point lead at 41% to Newt Gingrich's 26% with Rick Santorum at 11%, Ron Paul at 10%, Rick Perry at 4%, and Buddy Roemer at 1% rounding out the field.

Romney's lead expands further when you look only at voters whose minds are completely made up, to 48-27 over Gingrich. 71% of his voters say they'll definitely cast their ballot for him, compared to only 61% who say the same for Gingrich.

There's been an enormous shift in Florida since PPP last polled the state right after Thanksgiving. Romney's gained 24 points, going from 17% to 41%. Meanwhile Gingrich has dropped 21 points, going from 47% to 26%.

PPP's numbers are similar to another Florida poll that was released today. Sunshine State News finds: Romney 46, Gingrich 20, and Santorum 12:

Romney tops the poll, which was conducted by Harrisburg, Pa.-based Voter Survey Service (VSS), with 46 percent. When he ran in the 2008 primary, Romney placed second in Florida, taking 31 percent and winning 18 of the 67 counties in the Sunshine State. 

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