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Poll: Rick Santorum Holds Small Lead In Pennsylvania



Though PPP Polls has Romney overtaking Rick Santorum, the latest Rassmussen poll has Santorum clinging to a narrow lead over Romney in the Keystone State:
Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum holds a four-point lead in his home state in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the upcoming Pennsylvania Republican Primary.

A new statewide telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely GOP Primary Voters support Santorum, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney picks up 38% of the vote. Texas Congressman Ron Paul earns seven percent (7%), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at six percent (6%). Two percent (2%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
While this is arguably a glimmer of good news for Santorum, he is taking the next four days off of the campaign -- to relax and be with family.

Now, let me be clear: I don't think that there is anything wrong with this decision. However, from a campaign perspective, I'm not sure that it is the best idea around. Santorum is free to relax and re-charge, but meanwhile Mitt Romney and his surrogates will continue to campaign in Pennsylvania and, errr, encourage Santorum to step aside.

As I see it, there is no break from campaigning. Especially if you are positioning yourself as the clear alternative to the presumptive front-runner.