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Fox News Poll: Santorum Surging Nationally?

11:33 AM, Feb 10, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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A new Fox News poll, conducted between Monday and Thursday, shows that Rick Santorum's primary and caucus victories on Tuesday boosted him in the national Republican primary race. Overall, Santorum has moved into second place, at 23 percent, behind Mitt Romney at 33 percent. Newt Gingrich is not far behind in third place with 22 percent.

But as Fox News points out, Santorum received a big swing of support after winning the MIssouri primary and the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses on Tuesday:

In interviews conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights -- immediately before the news of his victories -- Santorum received the backing of 17 percent of GOP primary voters. That was well behind Romney (35 percent) and Newt Gingrich (26 percent), and slightly ahead of Ron Paul (14 percent).

In interviews conducted on Wednesday and Thursday nights -- after his wins -- Santorum’s support nearly doubled, which put him tied at the top with Romney for those two days at 30 percent. That’s an increase of 13 percentage points. Over the last two nights, Romney also received 30 percent, a drop of 5 points. Gingrich came in at 16 percent, down 10 points. Paul’s support held steady at 15 percent.

According to RealClearPolitics, Romney still leads in the average of national polls.

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