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March 22, 2012

Romney has big lead in Connecticut

Here's one state where Mitt Romney can probably count on a primary victory: Connecticut.

A new Quinnipiac University poll showed the former Massachusetts governor leading among Republicans with 42 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was second at 19 percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 13 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 9 percent.

Connecticut holds its primary April 24, the same day as New York, Rhode Island, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Connecticut Republicans have long had a reputation for being moderate and Romney, who governed Massachusetts as a center-right executive from 2003 to 2007, has had strong support there.

That support, though, hardly means Connecticut would turn to him in a general election. The poll found President Barack Obama would crush Romney, 53-37 percent. The poll was conducted March 13-19. Margin of error among Republicans is plus or minus 4.7 pecentage points. Margin of error for the entire sample is 2.4 percentage points.

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