Romney Gaining in Ohio: Ties Santorum in Two POlls

Super Tuesday could shaping up as a good day for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney if he wins the Ohio primary. And two polls shows him picking up steam:

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has pulled into a statistical dead heat with rival Rick Santorum in Ohio, two new polls find.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday shows Romney and Santorum tied with 32 percent support from likely GOP voters in Ohio, two days ahead of that state’s crucial Republican primary. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows with 17 percent support, trailed by Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) at 6 percent.

Santorum still holds an edge in the NBC News/Marist poll, but within that survey’s margin of error. That poll finds Santorum has the support of 34 percent of likely GOP voters in the state, ahead of Romney at 32 percent. NBC/Marist finds House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 15 percent support, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 13 percent.

Ohio is one of 10 states voting on “Super Tuesday.”

“This race could really go either way between now and Tuesday,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said in a report from Reuters.

“If Mitt Romney is able to close this out and win this race, that gives him a leg up in going all the way to the convention and winning the Republican nomination,” he added.

“I just think it’s going to very close,” said Marist College Institute for Public Opinion Director Lee Miringoff, in a statement.

If Romney loses Ohio, then expect this race to go on more intently for several more months. If he win’s, punditry will pronounce him solidly on track to win the nomination.

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  • RP

    I think the republicans need to close this thing down and lock up their candidate. To have a snowballs chance, they need to begin focusing on jobs, the economy and their differences with President Obama. Until that happens, the democrats will keep shaping the republican debate and the republicans will keep falling into their trap.

    But if they lose, not all is lost. Ron Paul has started a movement that has attracted a whole new generation of voters into the Republican ranks. He is not running for President, he is running to reshape the republican party in the future. Most of his support today is from voters under 30. If he succeeds, the republicans will be more socially centrist, more fiscally responsible and a party more accpetible of legal immigration than it is today.