Support for Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul’s bid for president plunging.
A poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News finds former
Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, the former
Massachusetts governor, leading the field of Republican candidates. In
the new poll, 30 percent of Republican primary voters say they support
Mr. Santorum, compared with 27 percent for Mr. Romney.
The poll finds two two other major candidates are far behind, at 12
percent for Mr. Paul and just 10 percent for former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich, who has vowed to remain in the race for president. Mr.
Gingrich’s numbers have fallen sharply since his win in South Carolina
on January 21.
The poll is the latest indication that support for Mr. Paul and Mr.
Gingrich is waning. A series of recently released polls finds Mr.
Santorum and Mr. Romney well ahead of the rest of the Republican field,
and early primary and caucus results seem to be aligned with the general
The latest results comes as the Paul campaign has vowed to remain in
the race until the Republican convention later this year. Speaking to a
group of supporters following the Maine caucus, the Texas Republican’s
campaign said the latest results still show growing momentum, despite
analysts who view it as a two-man race.
“Today’s results show once again that Congressman Paul’s campaign for
liberty and a return to Constitutional principles is strong and
growing,” said Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “We
are confident that we will control the Maine delegation for the
convention in August. Our campaign is so thankful to all of our
supporters in Maine, and all over the nation, and we want them to know
that we plan to take this message all the way to the White House.”
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