Santorum Holding Onto Ohio Lead

Rick Santorum's surge in recent polls has him winning endorsements from Republicans like Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)
Rick Santorum's surge in recent polls has him winning endorsements from Republicans like Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)

The latest Ohio Republican presidential race poll shows Rick Santorum holding onto his lead.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday indicates the former Pennsylvania senator is running ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 36 percent to 29 percent among likely primary voters. That’s unchanged from a poll released Feb. 15.

But the poll also found that 45 percent said they might change their minds by March 6.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich was third at 17 percent, with Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 11 percent. The Feb. 23-26 telephone survey interviewed 847 likely Republican voters, with a margin of error of 3.4 points.

Santorum led Romney among men, self-identified conservatives and tea party voters. They ran nearly evenly among women, with self-identified moderates preferring Romney.

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