Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has a big lead over his rivals in the first Rasmussen Reports survey of the Republican primary race in Arizona. The state’s Republicans vote on February 28. A new telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Arizona shows Romney with 48 percent support, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comes in a distant second with 24 percent. Thirteen percent (13 percent) prefer former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and six percent (6 percent) support Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Two percent (2 percent) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6 percent) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
This Arizona survey of 750 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted on February 1, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95-percent level of confidence.
The Arizona Conservative is endorsing Rick Santorum for president. Santorum is the only one of the four Republican candidates currently leading President Obama in national polling.