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Santorum Faring 8 Points Better than Romney among Independents in 'Core Four States'

1:02 PM, Feb 24, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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A Rasmussen poll of likely voters in the “four key states” of Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, shows Rick Santorum leading President Obama by 5 percentage points among independents, while Obama leads Mitt Romney by 3 percentage points among that crucial group of voters. The Rasmussen poll (taken from February 17-22) takes these four states as a group and shows independents favoring Santorum over Obama by the tally of 47 to 42 percent, while they favor Obama over Romney by the tally of 40 to 37 percent. Among all voters in those states (not just independents), Santorum leads Obama by 1 point (47 to 46 percent), while Romney and Obama are tied (at 44 percent apiece). 

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These are essentially must-win states for the Republican nominee (as opposed to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, which are essentially must-win states for Obama). George W. Bush won all four both times. Obama beat John McCain in all four, by the collective tally of 52 to 48 percent.

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