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National Poll: Santorum 35, Romney 26, Gingrich 14, Paul 11

7:43 AM, Feb 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Quinnipiac reports on its latest national poll of "Republicans and independent voters leaning Republican":

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum leads the Republican presidential field with 35 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 26 percent among Republicans and independent voters leaning Republican nationwide, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. In November matchups, President Barack Obama edges Santorum, while the race with Romney is too close to call,

Santorum leads Romney head-to-head 50 - 37 percent.

Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters say 48 - 37 percent it would be bad for the GOP if none of the current candidates wins enough delegates to be nominated and the Republican National Convention nominates someone not in the primary race, a so-called "brokered convention," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

In today's nationwide survey, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has 14 percent, with Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at 11 percent. 

But if the GOP convention picks a new candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the top choice of Republicans, with 32 percent, followed by former governors Sarah Palin of Alaska and Jeb Bush of Florida with 20 percent each and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels with 15 percent. 

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