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Reuters Poll: Romney 29, Paul 21, Gingrich 19, Santorum 18

7:09 PM, Feb 7, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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A new Reuters/Ipsos poll of national Republicans suggests a continuing lack of consensus in the GOP primary more than a month after the Iowa caucuses. Mitt Romney earned 29 percent support among Republicans polled, leading Ron Paul with 21 percent. Newt Gingrich received 19 percent of support, and Rick Santorum got 18 percent. Romney appears to maintain a weak lead with GOP primary voters across the country, while the remaining candidates are not much further behind.

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Romney, despite having won primary contests in New Hampshire, Florida, and Nevada, has seen no bounce in his national support since Reuters's last national poll in the beginning of January. Then, Romney had 30 percent support from Republicans. Similarly, Gingrich's support slipped by a point, from 20 percent in January, after his big win in South Carolina but disappointing performances in Florida and Nevada.

Santorum, meanwhile, jumped 5 points from 13 percent to 18 percent, effectively tying him with Gingrich and Paul, who also surged 5 points to 21 percent since the January poll. 

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