SURGE

Santorum Takes Huge Lead

The primary battle continues. Rick Santorum is the most recent GOP candidate to experience a surge—he’s now leading Mitt Romney 38 percent to 23 percent, according to a recent poll. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul trailed the pack with 17 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Additionally, 64 percent of voters say they have a favorable opinion of Rick Santorum, compared with 44 percent for Romney. And even more bad news for Romney: 58 percent of those polled said they would move over to Santorum if Gingrich were to drop out of the race, propping Santorum up to 50 percent support and Romney at just 28 percent.