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Downstate republicans prefer Santorum

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 07:01:00 CDT
By: AP

A new poll says that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a slight edge over Rick Santorum in Illinois. The poll shows likely GOP voters favored Romney to Santorum 35 percent to 31 percent. Newt Gingrich had 12 percent, Texas Congressman Ron Paul had 7 percent and 16 percent were undecided. However, the poll shows 46 percent of voters said they could still change their minds before the state's March 20 primary election. The poll of 600 registered likely voters was conducted Last week. It has an error margin of 4 percentage points. The poll shows Romney doing well in Chicago's suburbs, but Santorum holding a 35 percent to 29 percent advantage in the 96 counties outside the Chicago area.


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