Romney, Obama in Dead Heat

Santorum's exit gives him a boost: CBS/ NY Times
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2012 12:06 PM CDT
Romney, Obama in Dead Heat
Mitt Romney speaks during the Tri-State Tax Day Tea Summit April 16 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.   (Getty Images)

Another new poll (like this one before it) suggests that Rick Santorum's exit from the race has pushed Republicans to rally behind Mitt Romney. A CBS/New York Times survey of registered voters has Romney dead even with President Obama at 46%. Last month, the president held a 3-point lead. A bigger jump for Romney came among Republicans: More than half (54%) say he's the preferred candidate, up from 30%. Newt Gingrich pulled in 20% and Ron Paul 9%. All this, of course, came before the new dog wars. (More Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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