We Ask America Poll Points to Dead Heat between Santorum and Romney in Michigan

Here’s the press release from We Ask America:

Michigan: Dead Heat

"Welcom to Michigan," the sign says.

The State of Michigan has displayed its fair share of mojo lately. From Clint Eastwood’s breathy Super Bowl ad proclaiming the U.S. auto industry as the economic beacon of hope, to the Detroit Red Wings 20+ home winning streak, Michigan appears to be collectively looking ahead–not back.

Perhaps it’s the Wolverine State’s new-found moxy that is shaking up its Republican Primary and giving Rick Santorum a boost. Just two weeks ago some considered Michigan as a forgone conclusion for Mitt Romney thanks to his father’s legacy as governor, but many pollsters are showing Santorum with a decent lead. However, some analysts have been cautioning that Romney should not be written off, especially in light of the recent history of new frontrunners quickly melting in the bright, hot lights of media scrutiny.

Those pundits may have been right. Santorum didn’t have a great weekend–getting in a bit of hot water by using the term “phony theology” in reference to President Obama’s agenda. That may be red meat for some, but the statement teed up the ball for the press and Santorum had to tap dance as they shot at his feet. That gaffe allowed Romney’s troops to howl about Santorum being too conservative to win (while, of course, saying that their guy is the TRUE conservative in the race).

So what’s that mean for next week’s election? Last night, we asked 1,025 likely GOP voters in Michigan for their choice in next week’s primary. Beyond the usual range of demographics, we asked them one main question:

“If the Republican Primary were held today, for whom would you vote?”

Here are the results:

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Whether or not Santorum can regain his own mojo down the stretch after his weekend of faux pas will be measured when we revisit Michigan next Sunday.


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We Ask America Poll Points to Dead Heat between Santorum and Romney in Michigan — 1 Comment

  1. We just can’t get enough anti-Romney invective, can we?

    Give me a good man and leader for President, such as Romney.

    It’s good he doesn’t toe the idiotology line.

    Santorum and his people are those who will douse themselves with gas, light themselves on fire and Obama will coast to re-election.

    Is that whay you people want?

    Seriously?

    Elect former Senator Earmark while the barely disguised religious bigotry towards and irrational hatred of Romney rolls forth?

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