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Santorum opens wide lead over Romney in latest poll

Powered by a new national poll, plus an infusion of campaign cash thanks to victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, Rick Santorum says he'll go after Mitt Romney in his home state of Michigan.

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A supporter of Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum advertises for campaign job applicants at the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday.

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Sunday’s headlines were all about Mitt Romney winning the Maine caucuses and the CPAC straw poll of conservative activists, both on Saturday. But the sounds coming out of the Romney camp more likely were sighs of relief than victory cheers. And the real political energy seemed to have shifted to his chief Republican rival, Rick Santorum.

Powered by a big bump in national polling, plus an infusion of new campaign cash thanks to his victories Tuesday in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado, Santorum says he intends to go after Mr. Romney in the former Massachusetts governor's home state of Michigan. And Sarah Palin’s comments about Romney Sunday are sure to help him, even though she continues to be a tease about her eventual endorsement.

"I trust that [Romney’s] idea of conservatism is evolving, and I base this on a pretty moderate past he has had, even in some cases a liberal past," Ms. Palin told Fox News Sunday. "I am not convinced, and I don’t think that the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced.”

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