The Washington Times - April 3, 2012, 10:41AM

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum leads rival Mitt Romney 41 percent to 35 percent among likely voters in his home state’s Republican presidential primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

With three weeks to go, Mr. Santorum is leading Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, by 29 percentage points among white evangelical Christians in Pennsylvania, and by 18 points among tea party members, the poll found. It was Quinnipiac’s first survey of the GOP race in the Keystone State.

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“The Keystone State is critical for Sen. Rick Santorum, the native son who must win to reasonably continue the race for the presidency,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Pennsylvania is a critical swing state, so the Republican primary winner wants to make a good showing in April to bolster chances for success in November.”

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas received 10 percent in the poll, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 7 percent.
Mr. Santorum was elected to the House in 1990 and then served two terms representing Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate