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Poll: Romney seen as likely GOP nominee

March 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Most Republican primary voters say they expect Mitt Romney to be the party's presidential nominee, CBS News-New York Times poll indicated.

No matter which of the main candidates voters said they support, 73 percent of GOP primary voters said they expect the former Massachusetts governor will face President Obama in November, results of the poll released Monday indicated.

About half of Republican primary voters said they could still change their minds about whom to support, results indicated.

Despite saying they expected Romney to be the eventual nominee, the poll showed former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania with a 34 percent-to-30 percent lead over Romney. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was backed by 13 percent, while U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas had 8 percent.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews of 1,009 adults Wednesday through Sunday, of which 878 interviews were with registered voters, including 301 with voters who said they plan to vote in a Republican primary. The margin of error for the entire sample is 3 percentage points. The margin of error for the registered voters sample is 3 percentage points and is 6 percentage points for the Republican primary voters sample.

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