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Post-Debate Michigan Poll: Romney 40, Santorum 34

10:01 AM, Feb 24, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The newest poll of Michigan primary voters from Rasmussen Reports shows Mitt Romney regaining the lead in his home state just days before Michigan's presidential primary. Romney leads his closest rival, Rick Santorum, 40 percent to 34 percent, in a survey taken Thursday evening, one day after CNN's presidential debate in Arizona. In an earlier Rasmussen poll, taken before the debate, Santorum led Romney, 38 percent to 34 percent.

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The race in Michigan has shifted a few times since Romney, after his big Florida win on January 31, led Santorum there by 21 points, according to Rasmussen. But early last week, following his victories in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado, Santorum had overtaken Romney in the poll, 35 percent to 32 percent. Sustained ad campaigns from Romney's campaign and the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, which have hit Santorum for being a "big spender" and a "Washington insider," may deserve some of the credit for this latest swing in support back toward the son Michigan's former governor.

According to the RealClearPolitics average, Romney now has a slight lead, at 1.6 percentage points, over Santorum in MIchigan. 

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