Rick Santorum was slightly favored over Mitt Romney by Republican voters in a new national poll by Pew Research. But Rick Santorum's lead is within the margin of error.
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has surged into a statistical tie with front-runner Mitt Romney in a national poll on Monday, becoming the clear favorite of Tea Party voters and white evangelicals.
Thirty percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters favored Santorum, while 28 percent preferred Romney, the Pew Research Center poll said.
The Pew poll also showed that Romney holds leads over Santorum among non-Tea Party Republicans (34 percent to 19 percent) and moderate and liberal Republicans (34 percent to 20 percent).