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Democratic poll says Santorum leads Romney in Michigan GOP nominating race, but....

  Two weeks before Michigan's presidential primary, a Democratic polling firm says Rick Santorum is 15 percentage points ahead of Mitt Romney among Republican primary voters.
  A poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling of 404 GOP primary taken between Feb. 10 and 12 has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
  PPP says Santorum takes an outright majority of the tea party vote, 53 percent to 22 percent for Romney, and scores at 48 percent among those identifying themselves as evangelical.
  The poll, however, notes that 53 percent of those responding said they could change their minds in the next two weeks.

  Romney and Santorum have each won four of the primaries or caucuses leading up to the Michigan and Arizona contests Feb. 28.
  Also still in the running for the Republican nomination are Newt Gingrich of Virginia and U.S. Ron Paul of Texas.
  The poll notes that Santorum benefits from the "open nature" of Michigan's primary, where an unknown number of Democrats and independents are also expected to cast ballots.
  Voting in Michigan's primary requires only that a person request either a Republican or Democrat ballot.
  Democrats will choose their presidential nominee at caucuses in May. President Barack Obama is the presumed nominee as the incumbent.
  Among Democrats and independents, Santorum holds a 40-21 advantage, but only 12 percentage points among Republicans.
  Santorum is ahead in every region of the state except for Oakland County, where Romney has a 40-26 advantage, and in Lansing where Paul is slightly ahead of Romney and Santorum, the poll notes.
  The entire poll can be found at http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/02/santorum-moves-ahead-in-michigan.html.

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