Santorum Rising

Rick Santorum should be happy about PPP’s latest polls in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. It’s a shame the Missouri primary is non-binding and won’t award any delegates. But a win will give him some much needed momentum. (According to the Kansas City Star, Missouri’s delegates will be picked on March 17 at GOP caucuses.)

Rick Santorum could be headed for a big day in today’s contests in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri. Missouri looks like a probable win for Santorum. He’s at 45% there to 32% for Mitt Romney and 19% for Paul. Minnesota provides an opportunity for a win as well. Currently he has a small advantage with 33% to 24% for Romney, 22% for Newt Gingrich, and 20% for Ron Paul. And Santorum should get a second place finish in Colorado, where Romney appears to be the likely winner. The standings there are Romney at 37%, Santorum at 27%, Gingrich at 21%, and Paul at 13%.

Santorum’s personal popularity is the main reason for his sudden reemergence as a relevant player in the GOP race.  In all 3 of these states his favorability is over 70%- 74/17 in Minnesota, 72/17 in Missouri, and 71/19 in Colorado. He’s far better liked than his main opponents- Romney’s favorability is 47-60% in those states and Gingrich’s is 47-48%. While Romney and Gingrich have hammered each other in recents (sic) weeks Santorum’s been largely left alone and he’s benefiting from that now. (Read More)