Santorum in Washington?

A good deal may ride on how the Wednesday night Republican presidential debate goes. But at the moment, Washington state seems poised to support Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney.

From Public Policy Polling:

Rick Santorum leads Mitt Romney by double digits in advance of the March 3rd Republican caucuses, a new poll from Public Policy Polling finds. Santorum leads Romney 38%-27%, with Ron Paul taking 15% and Newt Gingrich placing 4th with
12%. Santorum benefits from very high favorability numbers, with 69% of caucusgoers holding a favorable opinion of him and just 18% unfavorable. Mitt Romney also has a net
positive favorability rating, but voters opinion of him is more lukewarm at 47% – 42%. Ron Paul (38/49) and Newt Gingrich (39/46) had net unfavorable opinion ratings. …

Santorum leads Romney among Evangelical Christians (50-18), Tea Party members (50-20), “somewhat conservative” voters (36-33), and “very conservative” voters (50-19). Romney leads Santorum among non-Evangelicals (36-26), non-Tea Party members (32-30), and voters who describe themselves as “moderate” (29-27. All that being said, only 50% of voters say that they are strongly committed to their candidate, and 50% say they might end up supporting someone else.

Washington, are you ready for a TV ad carpetbombing?

Second question: Is Idaho, next door and with similar exposure to the candidates (and actually more to Romney than Washington had), positioned to do likewise?

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