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Santorum Is Within 2 Points of Romney in California

4:44 PM, Feb 13, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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The first GOP presidential poll taken in California in 2012 shows Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum by just 2 percentage points, which is well within the survey’s 4.6-point margin of error. The poll, taken by SurveyUSA, shows Romney with 33 percent support and Santorum with 31 percent support. Newt Gingrich is in third place, with 17 percent support, while Ron Paul has 9 percent support.   

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SurveyUSA divides the Golden State into four regions. Romney leads Santorum by a wide margin in the San Francisco Bay Area (33 to 18 percent), and he also leads in Greater Los Angeles (34 to 29 percent). The two candidates are essentially tied in the Inland Empire (Romney leads 32 to 31 percent), which includes San Diego as well as Southern California’s inland counties. Santorum leads by a wide margin in the Central Valley (43 to 30 percent), which includes almost everything north of Los Angeles that isn’t along the coast, as well as the Central Coast between Pismo Beach and Monterey.

No previous California poll had shown Santorum with even 5 percent support. The primary there will be held later this year, on June 5.

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